A Guide to Ottawa Running Clubs & Run Crews

There is no shortage of running clubs and crews to keep you fit and working towards your next goal in the nation’s Capital. Whether you’re looking for a casual crew to get some social runs in, or a training group to help you reach a goal time or distance, take a read through our definitive list of Ottawa running clubs.

Ottawa Running Clubs & Crews

Achilles Ottawa

The details: Various times & locations

Bit about them: While this group is open to anyone, the focus is on providing a platform for blind or visually impaired athletes and their guides to run in a safe and fun environment. Whether you are visually impaired, or are interested in being a guide, contact them for more details on how to get involved.

Get more info: Website | Facebook

Bushtukah Stittsville Trail Running Group

The details: Saturday, 8.30am @ Various locations

Bit about them: Join them for a fun, social-pace trail run in the spring and summer months, or snowshoeing in the winter. Locations change week to week, and distances range from 7-10km, but everyone is welcome and no one is left behind.

Get more info: Website

Iron North Studio

The details: Sunday, 8.00am @ Iron North Studio (1089 Somerset St)

Bit about them: Looking for somewhere to make some new friends, run and have access to strength training, cross training, nutrition and more?! Iron North Studio has a wealth of options to make you a stronger runner, including their free Sunday runs, which are open to anyone. You can also join one of their paid run clinics if you want to bring some more structured training into your life.

Get more info: Website | Facebook | Instagram

K2J Fitness

The details: Thursday, 6.15pm @ Barrhaven Source for Sports

Bit about them: These guys are a fun and inclusive group of runners of all ages, speeds and experience levels, coached by some incredible athletes. Join one of their half or full marathon clinics for a weekly workout, and take home your own personalised training plan each week.

Get more info: Facebook | Instagram | Website

MEC Ottawa Run Crew

The details: Sunday, 8.30am @ Various times & locations

Bit about them: Join the ‘unofficial’ MEC crew every Sunday for a 10-12k rip around the local trails. Any pace and level of trail experience is welcome.

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Natural Fitness Lab

The details: Various times & locations

Bit about them: If you want to supplement your winter fitness with some time in the snow, join these guys for some gruelling but rewarding ski based workouts, or head out with them in the summer for some fun trail runs. Either way, they welcome all abilities and have options for all experience levels and budgets.

Get more info: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Ottawa Athletic Club Racing Team

The details: Tuesday & Thursday @ various times & locations

Bit about them: Open to females performing at a high amateur level, this group will help elevate your running to the next level. With a focus on performance and racing in all distances (as well as duathlon and triathlon), this tightknit group of women will inspire you to get the best out of your running.

Get more info: Website

Ottawa Frontrunners

The details: Tuesday, 6.30pm/Saturday, 9.00am @ 111 Lisgar Street

Bit about them: Rain, shine or snow, join this LBGTQ+ friendly group for one of their two social runs each week. Starting at City Hall, runs are normally between 5 and 10km long, and take in the canals or bridges of central Ottawa. Stick around for coffee or breakfast after the run and get to know their friendly members.

Get more info: Website | Facebook

Ottawa Lions

The details: Various times & locations

Bit about them: Whether you’re looking to join a youth running program, a Varsity athlete hoping to train with a new group, or want to enrol in a Masters program, the Lions have plenty of options. Encompassing training for performance as well as running for fun, this group offers coaching with some of the best in Canada.

Get more info: Website

Ottawa Running Club

The details: Tuesday, 6.00pm/Sunday, 8.15am @ Various locations

Bit about them: Thinking about training for your first race but are struggling with motivation? Join the coaches at ORC and work your way through training for anything from a 5k to a marathon, and feel good while doing it - all the membership fees go to charity and the coaches are all volunteers.

Get more info: Website | Facebook

Ottawa Running Room Run Clubs

The details: Various times and locations

Bit about them: Looking to train for your first race, or just getting started with running? The Running Room clinics will help you reach your goal through a structured training program and a supportive atmosphere.

Get more info: Website

OTT City Run Club

The details: Tuesday, 7.30pm @ Dundonald Park

Bit about them: For a laid back run crew vibe, join these guys for a social group run every Tuesday. If you want to work on your speed, join the crew for a workout on a Wednesday from Beyond the Pale Brewing Co.

Get more info: Website | Instagram

Looking for more info?

RunGuides has a full list of running clubs and crews on our local running club map. Check it out at www.runguides.com/ottawa/running-clubs

Want to find running races in and around Ottawa?

Get a full calendar of races happening in and around Ottawa at www.runguides.com/ottawa/runs or if you're looking for a specific distance check out our distances calendars

Published on Mar 21, 2019
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