Great group runs: New club in St. Helens offers weekly Saturday run

From a press release submitted by Hyla Ridenour:

Runners gather at a recent St. Helens Road Runners Club free Saturday Run. (April 2014, courtesy Hyla Ridenauer)

Runners gather at a recent St. Helens Road Runners Club free Saturday Run. (April 2014, courtesy Hyla Ridenauer)

St. Helens has a NEW running club. The St. Helens Road Runners Club hits the streets every Saturday morning, meeting in the St. Helens High School (2375 Gable Road) parking lot near the gate and ticket booth for the stadium/track. The group meets every Saturday morning at 8:30 AM and departs at 8:45 AM.

The club is a dream come true for both Hyla Ridenour and Woody Davis, both of whom wanted a local running club that would encourage runners of all levels. While working together with the 4-H Striders Cross Country Running program in the fall of 2013, they decided to try to give it a shot and see what kind of interest the group would create. It has been an overwhelming success and continues to grow each week.

Currently the club sets two routes every week, one 3 mile loop and a 5 mile loop. While runners run at their own pace, often times small groups will form made up of participants with similar paces or simply because they like the camaraderie. The group is a mix of newer runners and some very experienced runners which creates great opportunities for mentoring and growth potential for members looking to become stronger runners.

The club is “family friendly,” so strollers, scooters, and kids on bikes are fine, as long as the parent(s) assume responsibility for their own child(ren). Runners connect during the week for mid-week runs, share running goals and for encouragement on the St. Helens Running Club’s facebook page here.

Ridenaur pens her own blog, “Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking” – about running and wine. Check it out here.

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