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

Ragged Mountain Running Shop's Quick Guide 



  • 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 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 😊  )



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,


Charlottesville Area Trail Club


Rivanna Trail Foundation (RTF)


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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