East Street Run Club partners with Raleigh Routes
RALEIGH, NC – The Downtown Raleigh Alliance is bringing the city to life in safety.
Raleigh Routes launched earlier this year, which is a series of walking and running trails that you can access via a QR code on your smartphone in Moore Square.
The East Street Run Club runs these routes on the third Wednesday of each month throughout the summer. But social running has been a weekly tradition for them since November 2020.
Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., the East Street Run Club meets outside of Current Wellness on East Street in Raleigh. Ben Strunk is leading the charge.
“For runners it’s such a solo activity in a lot of ways, so being able to start this running club is being able to have that social engagement with other runners, to help support and support each other. motivate, ”Strunk said.
Strunk launched the group last November to bring runners together in a social setting.
The Ohio native moved to southern North Carolina seven years ago, and that’s when he decided to change his lifestyle.
“I was about 300 pounds on the scale. I lost about 100 pounds, and I needed a way to keep that weight off, ”Strunk said.
It was then that he started to run.
“I didn’t really start like most people do. I tend to get into things pretty hard and started running ultra-marathons, ”Strunk said.
It was his first race and he has been racing ever since. One of his greatest accomplishments is the Mountain to Sea Trail. It stretches 1,175 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks.
Back on East Street, after the race, the group gathers for a well-deserved cold beer.
“I know this year has been tough for everyone and as we come out of this pandemic the running club is a way for us to build a community, to do something that is a safe activity outside” , Strunk said.
Whether you are a walker or a runner, there is something for everyone. The East Street Run Club has a variety of four different routes ranging from 1 mile to 6 miles.
Raleigh Routes also offers a 1-mile and 3-mile self-guided running and walking route.
You can join the East Street Run Club on the third Wednesday of each month at Moore Square to run Raleigh Roads or every Wednesday on East Street outside of Current Wellness at 6 p.m.