Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Need for Speed YEG
In this edition of Get To Know Your Running Clubs we spoke with Ben O'Rourke, from Need for Speed YEG. You'll most often find Need for Speed meeting in the early morning at the Rollie Miles Athletic Field in the spring or summer and the City of Edmonton facility - Kinsmen Recreation Centre in the fall and winter.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Hi Ben! Tell us a bit about your club history, how long has the club been around?
Need for Speed is a new run club that started in April 2017. It began as a conversation between three Edmonton runners - Ben, Sonya, and Packie, on Facebook, earlier that winter. Some of us started meeting in the early evenings before it was warm and light enough to meet in the mornings. Now we organize workouts using a private Facebook group, Need for Speed YEG.
Tell us a bit about your members! What level of runners do you cater to?
This group originally started as a small group of relatively fast runners looking to get faster. As word spread and we grew, it became a group that welcomes and caters to all levels of runners who are willing to put in some hard work to get faster. Each workout runs about an hour, and starts with a 10-minute warm-up, a main speed workout, a cool down, member-led group stretching, and social time with a breakfast provided by members.
Where/when does your club usually meet/run?
Check the Facebook group for a current schedule. Typically, we meet Tuesdays at 5:30 am. Spring/Summer at Rollie Miles, Fall/Winter at Kinsmen Centre. During transitional seasons some members meet Monday evenings at the outdoor track.
Are your group runs mostly casual or more structured workouts?
Mostly structured workouts; with 30 people of different paces doing 400m repeats, you need some structure. Workouts vary week by week but tend to include about 5K of speedwork. Sonya usually posts next week's workout by the end of the previous week in the Facebook group.
Any cost to be a member/join?
No cost for Spring/Summer because it's a public track. $20 a month for Fall/Winter to cover costs to rent the indoor facility/track.
Is your group affiliated with any events?
The Relay YEG. Also our participants actively participate in the Frank McNamara Cross Country Race Series, MEC race series, and 5 Peaks Race Series. A lot of the members race these races to get PB's after training with NFS.
Any cool routes/ favourite areas to run in your city that you would like to recommend to other runners? Why do you like those?
The Rollie Miles Athletic field (Scona Track) is amazing and the perfect place for our group to meet. Its centrally located and easily accessible. To find great run routes off the track, check out Strava, which is used by many Edmonton runners, for some good road and trail routes.
Do you have any favourite local races? Outside of anything that you're affiliated with of course :)
Frank McNamara, 5 Peaks, and MEC Race Series (Road and Trail).
Anything else that we should know?
Need for Speed is an informal, friendly group of Edmonton runners who do weekly speed work together in order to get faster. We also typically have breakfast treats afterward, provided by a few members each week on a volunteer/random basis!
Speed work can be daunting and we don't want to open to just elites or those chasing podiums but to all levels - to anyone who is looking to improve running times, chase a Personal Best, meet with a great group of people, and have some fun. Harder workouts are that much easier to get through when you have support and accountability.
Want to learn more?
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Photographs by Steven Csorba and Jody Bailey.
Looking for runs around Edmonton?
You can find a full list of runs and races happening around Edmonton at www.runguides.com/edmonton/runs