November 6, 2015

Options abound with 5 Nashville running clubs


Find a Nashville running group for beginners, experts or somewhere in between.


Whether you’re a marathon guru or you’re just looking to take a break from the couch potato life, you’ll find a Nashville running group here for you. So charge your Fitbit, lace up those (brand spankin’ new) running shoes and get physical. Bonus: Some groups go for drinks and food after. What more could you want?


East Nasty

Level: All

When: Wednesdays, 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Where: Corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville

Join this east Nashville running club while they run between 3 and 6 miles every Wednesday. More than 150 runners take on the evening run — meet with the morning crew if you’re looking for a smaller group. Most runners can do a 12-minute-mile clip.


Nashville Running Company

Level: All

When: Tuesdays, 7 p.m., and Thursdays, 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Where: Tuesdays at the Deep Wells trailhead in Percy Warner Park and Thursdays at the Nashville Running Company West location

Head to the west side for an all-levels run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, led by NRC Race Team (and resident ultramarathon champ) Beth Meadows. Up for the trail run? Don’t forget a headlamp!


Tin Roof 2 Runnin’ Crew

Level: All

When: Mondays, 6 p.m.

Where: Tin Roof 2 in Cool Springs

Your assignment: Come hungry to the Tin Roof 2 Runnin’ Crew. Runners and walkers are welcome to the Cool Springs pub run, which is sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports. Stay after for drinks and an amazing pizzadilla.


Brentwood Breakfast Club

Level: All

When: Thursdays, 6 a.m.

Where: Locations vary from week to week

If a post-run drink ain’t your thing, try the Brentwood Breakfast Club. This 6 a.m. run/walk ranges from 4 to 6 miles, then hits a different breakfast joint every week. We can’t think of a better way to start the morning.


Nashville Striders

Level: All

When: Saturdays, 8 a.m.

Where: Percy Warner Park

Head behind the steeplechase off Old Hickory to get your weekend started with one of Nashville’s oldest running clubs. Beware: This 5-mile run is moderately hilly, so don’t forget to stretch those calves!


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11 thoughts on “Options abound with 5 Nashville running clubs”

  1. Lisa singer says:

    You left off a huge group
    Nolensville running club

  2. Jessica says:

    So many amazing groups not included in this list! Nolensville, South Side, 12 South, Green Hills, Dirtbags, and many more!

  3. Dallas Smith says:

    Thanks for the list. There are some great folks in those clubs. Add Mt. Juliet Flyers to the list too.

  4. Sidney says:

    Do they have walking clubs?

    1. Linda Zettler says:

      Hi, Sidney – That sounds like a good idea for another post! We don’t yet have a list of those, but I do know there are Nashville walking/hiking groups active on Meetup:
      Thanks for reading! – Linda

  5. Rajeev Sahni says:

    Hi, I registered for Nashville Rock-n-roll Full Marathon 2017. The race is now in conflict my niece’s wedding, which fixed recently. Please let me know if anyone is interested in my bib. Thanks, Rajeev

  6. Nashville Harriers says:

    Add Nashville Harriers to the list. Tuesdays at 6:30pm:

  7. Nashville Harriers says:

    Add Nashville Harriers. They do speed workouts every Tuesday at 6:30pm. Free. All abilities welcome. Check their Facebook page for locations.

  8. Johnny says:

    I’m from out of town but coming to Nashville over the weekend. Training for a half marathon and need to run 8 miles Saturday. Staying on the river near Opryland hotel. Are any of these running clubs close to that?

    1. Maura Ammenheuser says:

      Hi, Johnny. No, the meeting spots for the clubs listed in this post are not near Opryland. However, the concierge at the hotel may have good suggestions for running routes on or near their property. Another option: the Shelby Bottoms Greenway. Most of it lies across the Cumberland River from Opryland, but you can connect to it on Opryland’s side of the river by heading south from Opryland, crossing the river on the pedestrian bridge, and continuing on the greenway on the opposite bank. There’s info and a map here:,-86.6971488,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x88646851af34c923:0x4af91a73b9260817!8m2!3d36.1660742!4d-86.7249822
      Welcome to Nashville, and have a great run!

  9. Johnny says:

    Thank you so much for the info. Cheers!

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