It seems everywhere I turn these days, I see a runner who is part of the running group Moms Run This Town. From their car bumper magnets that members like to flip on each other, to their colorful outfits in races with their shirts emblazoned with the MRTT logo, they are hard to miss.
So what exactly is the group? It’s a FREE nationwide running club that is now starting to go global with chapters in Canada, Japan, Germany. Pam Burrus, a Women’s Running Magazine cover model finalist in 2012, started the group in 2010. Now, only 4 short years later, there are hundreds of chapters.
They are what the website See Mommy Run was back in 2006, only bigger and seemingly better. With more and more moms on Facebook and actively participating in social media, the groups around the country are popping up faster than they can count members. By all accounts, it seems like the easiest and fastest way to find other female running friends.
There are no fees to join and if there isn’t a local chapter in your area, Pam walks you through the steps to starting a chapter in your town. A quick search resulted in finding 10 chapters within a 25 mile radius of me.
The groups each have Facebook pages, making it easy to jump in and make friends virtually prior to attending a run. There is some overlap from members being a part of more than one local chapter, but when I added up the numbers, there were 3,802 women in the 10 chapters near me. The club is welcoming of all women, not just moms, as the name would seem. Anyone can run their town.
You can search for your local chapters here – http://momsrunthistown.com/
This past weekend I had the honor of speaking with a local group near me at their monthly welcome run. The group was fantastic and well organized. There were pace leaders for each group that managed to keep the pack in range and keep everyone on course. Unlike other runs that I’ve attended with various running clubs, the groups really did stick together for the duration of the run, motivating each other and chatting to pass the time. The post run refreshments were plenty, as were the giveaways for new members.