Participating in a local running group is a great way to stay accountable for your health and fitness goals, while witnessing the gorgeous views of the city of Grand Rapids!

And, it turns out there are lots of options in the Grand Rapids area. After this initial running group story was published many of you notified the Experience Grand Rapids team of even more groups. Check them out below:

Women running in downtown Grand RapidsRunning groups that offer drop-ins are ideal for Grand Rapids visitors who are looking for short-term fitness options.
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Running Groups that Welcome Drop-Ins

Wednesday Nights Hills and Stairs

Just like their name states, Wednesday Nights Hills and Stairs gathers every Wednesday night at 6:30 PM in front of Founders Brewing Co. to run hills and stairs. Visit Wednesday Nights Hills and Stairs’ Facebook page to view seasonal running routes and general information.

The group meets all year round, regardless of weather, and often stops at Founders Brewing Co. for food and a beverage following their run.

Bagel Run GR

With an Instagram bio that reads, “WE ONLY POST BAGELS AND GROUP PICS,” Bagel Run GR clearly values bagels, running, and community.

Bagel Run GR members meet every Tuesday morning at 6 AM at GR Bagel in Eastown. The group typically runs 3-5 mile routes, and offers plenty of support for runners along the way, including bagels from GR Bagel following their run!

West Side Stride

Every Tuesday at 6 PM during warm weather months, you can find a group of West Side Stride runners at Swift Printing on the corner of Turner Avenue and Bridge Street on the city’s West Side. The running group completes the same 5K course every week and welcomes runners of all skill levels.

Fear not, if you’re a bit late to the weekly West Side Stride meetup, as their Facebook Group lists times and locations for latecomers to join in on the fun. It’s recommended that first time West Side Stride runners show up early to sign a waiver form.

Runners on Brick SidewalkRunning groups that require a group membership fee are ideal for runners that are looking for long-term fitness options, such as Grand Rapids residents or those who frequently visit the area.
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Running Groups that Require Membership

Grand Rapids Running Club

Grand Rapids Running Club (GRRC) offers options for both drop-ins and due-paying members. GRRC offers annual memberships and member-only events, but their most robust programming revolves around their mentor group and training plans for the popular Fifth Third River Bank Run.

Visit GRRC’s website for more information on what program is the best for you.


RunGR is an ideal running group for people who have a passion for physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. Led by Level II certified USA Track & Field coach, Michael Wojciakowsi, RunGR is, “a group of everyday people accomplishing amazing things on the road and the trails.”

A variety of RunGR membership options are offered including: individual, family, corporate wellness partner, student, and more. Check out RunGR's website for more information including its membership plans, nearby races, social media accounts and how to sign up.

If you’d like to tour the city while breaking a sweat, schedule a tour with Grand Rapids Running Tours. And don't forget to read this story on even more running groups in Grand Rapids.

What are your favorite running groups in Grand Rapids? Let us know in the comments!