Get to Know Your Running Clubs - A Snail's Pace Running Club
In this edition of Get To Know Your Running Clubs we spoke with Bob Morris, the director of A Snail's Pace Running Club.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Tell us a bit about your club history, how long has the club been around?
The original A Snails Pace Running Shop opened in Fountain Valley in 1979 and the running club soon followed. As more ASP stores open up, more chapters were added to the club, (which is co-sponsored by New Balance). In addition to the weekly fun runs, there are monthly meetings at local pizza shops and social parties throughout the year.
Tell us a bit about your members! What level of runners do you cater to?
With roughly 400 members, we have runners at all levels of ability, so you will always have friends to run with for training and racing! There is also a Racing Team available for those who can meet the qualifying standards.
Where/when does your club usually meet/run?
Fountain Valley Chapter - every Wednesday, 6:15pm @ Round Table Pizza parking lot, 11095 Warner Ave, Fountain Valley CA, adjacent to Mile Square Park.
Mission Viejo Chapter - every Wednesday, 6:15pm @ A Snail's Pace Running Shop, 24451Alicia Pkwy., Mission Viejo CA.
Brea Chapter - every Tuesday, 6pm @ Carl's Jr/Active Ride Shop parking lot, 1160 E. Imperial Hwy, Brea CA.
Monrovia Chapter - every Tuesday, 6pm @ A Snail's Pace Running Shop 750 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia CA.
Are your group runs mostly casual or more structured workouts?
Mix of casual runs and structured workouts
Any cost to be a member/join?
$35 individual / $60 family annual membership fee includes 10% discount at all ASP stores and access to all Chapters fun runs/activities.
Is your group affiliated with any events?
A Snail's Pace provides pacers for:
Orange County Marathon
Tustin Hangar Half Marathon
So Cal Half Marathon
Long Beach Marathon
Surf City 10 (10 miler/10k)
Any cool routes/favorite areas to run in your city that you would like to recommend to other runners? Why do you like those?
We have many - around Back Bay @ Newport Beach, Bolsa Chic Wetlands @ Huntington Beach, the Ben Overturf Trail @ Monrovia, the Salt Creek Trail @ Laguna Niguel.
Do you have any favorite local races? Outside of anything that you're affiliated with of course :)
The Brea 8k, Laguna Hills Half Marathon, Downtown Anaheim 5k, Pride of the Valley 5k, Dana Point Turkey Trot, and the LA Marathon.
Anything else that we should know?
A Snail's Pace also has a Running Academy for those looking for a more structured training program.
We recently had the pleasure of meeting Jamie McDonald who is running across America to raise money for children's hospitals. He spoke at our monthly meeting and we organized a send off run for him as he left Orange County. You can check him out at: www.jamiemcdonald.org and www.facebook.com/jamiemcdonald.org/
We would encourage other running clubs to come out and run with Jamie and provide some moral support as he passes through their area.
Looking for runs in and around Los Angeles? The RunGuides Los Angeles race calendar can help you find upcoming runs and running races in the area - www.runguides.com/los-angeles/runs
Steve Lafler runs, writes, draws graphic novels and drinks red wine (generally in that order) almost every day.