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RUNNING & WALKING IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

There are dozens of quiet and scenic places to run in our beautiful neck of the woods!

Ragged Mountain Running Shop's Quick Guide 

RUNNING QUICKLINKS

SAFETY

RUNNING & WALKING SAFELY: BE ALERT, BE AWARE, AND BE DILIGENT
  • Unplug especially in areas of heavy traffic – bikes and cars

  • Buddy Up (safety in numbers) – Join a running/walking group or find a buddy to train with you

  • Face traffic when running/walking so you can see cars coming towards you 

  • Obey traffic signals and always assume the driver cannot see you 

  • Carry a cell phone so you have the ability to call for help if needed

  • Let someone know your route and/or let them know if you change it during your run/walk  

  • Ignore/don’t engage with any verbal harassment 

  • Have a plan in case you need to get defensive. If you carry something with you be sure you know how to use it and use it quickly.  

  • Carry ID with your name, emergency contact info, and medical info

  • If running/walking in poor visibility 

    • Wear light-colored and/or reflective clothing.  Reflective clothing between the waist and shoulders on the front and back that covers at least 50 square inches is ideal.

    • Wear a head lamp, but also remember to wear a light on your back as vehicles traveling behind you cannot see you.  A strobe style, continuously flashing at least 2” in diameter is the best.  

GROUP RUN OPPORTUNITIES

Group Runs
Wednesday Morning Community Speed Workouts

Open to all abilities but your long run must be a minimum of five to six miles in length. The group works out in separate pace groups, starting at 5:30 a.m. at the UVA Track. Free! Signup HERE.

Marathon/Half Marathon Training Program

Meets starting in May for weekly group long runs every Saturday at 6:15 a.m. All abilities welcome. The run is divided into separate pace groups. Text Coach Mark at 434-962-1694 for more information.

 

Ten Miler Training Program

Meets Saturday mornings Oct.-March. Check here for more information.

 

Sunday Morning Social Run

Meets every Sunday morning at 6:45 a.m. next to Greenberry’s in the Barracks Road Shopping Center. Four to five relaxed miles at paces varying from 9:00-11:00 minutes/mile. Coffee and fellowship afterwards. Free! For the run. (Coffee is extra 😊  )

 

Wolfpack

Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. at the UVA Track for an easy five miles.

 

Prolyfyck Run Crew

Holds a community building run, about four miles with varying paces. All are welcome! M, W, F at 6:00 a.m. at the Jefferson School. Walkers welcome. Staggered start. Walkers often leave about 5:50 a.m.; fastest runners leave at 6:15 a.m. Following the run is an inspirational talk. @prolyfyckruncreww

 

Random Row Run

Tuesday evenings, team@randomrow.com

 

Charlottesville Area Trail Club

Facebook.com/cvilleareatrailrunners

 

Rivanna Trail Foundation (RTF)

rivannatrails.org

 

Looking for a Running Partner?

Join our Facebook Community Group—Send a note to our Facebook page and we’ll try to help out.

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