Training

Check out the new “Runner Guide”  It’s a handy guide for locals and visitors looking for a quick reference, including maps and details, for several local runs.

Click HERE for guide

Mondays

6:00 AM
Downtown Venice. This group meets at Centennial Park near the public restrooms and Gazebo. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome. Runs are over by 7:00 am. Distances and running pace vary based on one’s ability.
For more info call AnneMarie at 485-3245.
http://veniceflarunners.weebly.com

6:30 PM

Fit2Run Fun2Run! Meet at the Downtown Sarasota store (1400 Main Street) for this free community fun run. All levels of runners and walkers are encouraged to join in the FUN! Fill a punch card and earn prizes
each week. It’s Fun2Run with Fit2Run!”
Call (941) 364-2600
www.fit2run.com

Tuesdays

5:30 AM
This group meets at the parking lot in front of the Earth Origins Market at Stickney Point Rd.,near the intersection of US 41 in Sarasota. The course goes to the Pavilion at Siesta Key Beach and back (approx 5 miles)
Info: Call Linda at 374-2920

6:00 PM
A great evening gathering for runners of all abilities. The group meets at Siesta Key Beach in the South parking lot. The long course is out and back to Turtle Beach (approx 8 miles), but many run shorter distances.
For info call Janet at 374-1002

Wednesdays

6:00 AM
Downtown Venice. This group meets at Centennial Park near the public restrooms and Gazebo. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome. Runs are over by 7:00 am. Distances and running pace vary based on one’s ability.
For more info call AnneMarie at 485-3245.
http://veniceflarunners.weebly.com

6:00 PM
Rover Runners: We run from a different location every week, somewhere in Sarasota, and you can get a two month schedule emailed to you by contacting Buzz at roverrunners@gmail.com. Runs are about 50 minutes, different paces, and is reported to be followed by cold beer for thirsty runners. highly social, fun running, zymurgists.

6:00 PM
Beery’s Hump Day 5K
Every Wednesday. All levels of runners meet at Mr. Beery’s located at 2645 Mall Drive in Gulf Gate to run 3.1 miles up Gulf Gate Drive. All finishers receive a Mr. Beery’s bottle of water and are encouraged to hang around to socialize over a beer or two. Participants can earn free Beery’s merchandise the more they participate.
Contact Patti @ 650-6828 for more information.

Thursdays

5:30 AM
This group meets at the parking lot on the North side of Publix at the Landings. Run from 5-8 miles and laugh a bit too. This group has been known to visit Einstein Bagels afterwards.  For information, call Linda at 374-2920

6:30 AM

New Balance inMotion speed work sessions with Team New Balance member and Coach Holly Johnson.  Varied workouts range from track to Ringling Bridge/hill repeats, designed to complement existing training plans and/or learn more about how to improve speed and mental strength based on current and individual fitness levels.  Also includes goal setting and race strategy tips.  $15/session or 5 sessions for $50.  More information:  www.imagica.us/inmotion or call Holly at 941-350-9615.

6:00 PM
FUN RUN * FREE. All levels of runners and walkers welcome. Meet at Fleet Feet Sports 711 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota. Across from P.F. Chang’s and next to Word of Mouth. Neighborhood Routes Vary. All finishers receive water and refreshments. Prizes and Give Aways Every Week. Call 894-3338 for more info. Be the Movement!

6:00 PM
NEW LOCATION! FUN & FREE BOOTCAMP FITNESS meets for one hour on the greens at Sarasota Bayfront Park, north of the playground. A beginner tointermediate class designed to strengthen your core and boost your overall level of fitness. NO FEES, follow the session or work at your own pace. Participation is voluntary. Bring a towel or mat, a set of comfortable dumbbells, hydration and a good attitude. For information, call or text Mike Shaughnessy at 961-0154.

6:30 PM
Fit2Run Running Group. We meet at our University Park Store near Dillard’s in the UTC mall. At 6:30 PM we head out for a fun run around the Benderson loop, all levels are welcomed. Runners can win free Fit2Run merchanidise the more they participate! We have water with Nuun and free smoothies after the run!!! Please contact judik@fit2run.com for additonal information.

Fridays

6:00 AM
Downtown Venice. This group meets at Centennial Park near the public restrooms and Gazebo. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome. Runs are over by 7:00 am. Distances and running pace vary based on one’s ability.
For more info call AnneMarie at 485-3245.
http://veniceflarunners.weebly.com

Saturdays

5:30 to 6:00 AM
Saturday is a big training/long run day in Sarasota.
Groups meet between 5:30-6:00 AM at three basic starting points –

(1)  Behind the Clock building, 2800 Tamiami Trail,  (N0 parking at 2900!) – Start time is 6:00 AM. This group has (mostly) shifted the start place to the Southside School.  Still 6 am start time although there are groups that start earlier.

(2)  Southside School on Osprey – Start time is 5:30 AM

(3)  The parking lot near Marina Jacks downtown – Start time is 6:30 AM

You can find somebody running about any pace/distance at one of these spots.  If there is a local race going on, don’t be surprised if there is a low turnout for these runs as many runners will be participating in the race!
Afterwards, many Saturday runners make it a point to join together for a “recovery” breakfast.
Call Sharon @ 321-1218 or any board member for more information.

SATURDAYS
7:00 AM
New Balance SARASOTA FREE 5K Fun Runs!
Mark your calendars and join friends, family on these dates for 2016 dates: April 9, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5.

A “whatever you want to make it” 5K marked course run or walk.  Designed to be fun and allow participants to test skills or just enjoy getting up and out by themselves or with family or friends, the runs are FREE and open to all ages and ability levels – runners and walkers. This is RUNNOVATION!  Part of a monthly Saturday morning Free 5K series, the out and back loop course runsthrough the local neighborhood, over the South Bridge onto Siesta Key to Crescent Beach Marina and back.  Safety bike marshals follow runners and walkers on the route.

Open to All ages and abilities, including walkers, welcome. Come run or walk by yourself or with family and friends. Take advantage of cooler early morning temps and the opportunity to join others in a “whatever you want to make it” 5K. Also a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for all PRE-REGISTERED participants. Chance win of fun raffles for everyone!! GPS marked out and back 5K route. Digital Clock Timing. Pre-run access for bathrooms and bottled water. 15% New Balance discount card.