• North Shore YMCA Navigators Running Club (Salem)—This club launched a year ago out of the Salem branch of the North Shore YMCA (www.northshoreymca.org/programs/healthy-living/road-races/running-club/) with the goal of providing Y members with regular schedule runs led by volunteers.
• Oniontown Harriers (Danvers)—This group (www.otharriers.com/) is well represented at local races and relay events.
• Team Gloucester (Gloucester)—Team Gloucester (http://teamgloucester.com/) focuses on trail and mountain running. There are no dues or even a regular roster of members. Upcoming runs are listed on the group’s website; runners are invited to simply show up and run.
• Wicked Running Club (Salem)—Wicked Running Club (http://wickedrunningclub.com/) has grown by leaps and bounds almost simultaneously to the growth of running on the North Shore. Wicked hosts numerous races, holds weekly group runs, offers coaching and more.
The North Shore running community is vital and rewarding regardless of the running club you join. These groups are well worth investigating so you can take advantage of the camaraderie and motivation you can get from a running club.
Starts and stops
The third annual Run-a-Latke Family Fun 5K and Chanukah party takes place on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m., 44 Burrill St., Swampscott. There will be children’s programming during the race and a celebration with latkes and donuts at the finish line, followed by the lighting of a giant Lego menorah. Visit www.northshoretimingonline.com/reglivecb.aspx?eventyear_id=124 or contact Allie Vered at 781-595-2026 for more information.
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Saturday, Oct. 26
• Muddy Leprechaun Mud Run, Marini Farm, Linebrook Road, Ipswich, 9 a.m. Three-mile mud run with obstacles. Contact: Gerry Beauchamp (Ipswich YMCA) at 1-978-356-9622 x109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.