Running is big in Las Vegas, with trails and paths that range from novice runs to the extreme. Winter and the approach of spring brings out those most interested in either running for pleasure, competition, marathons, weight control or the sheer love of the sport. We have many wonderful running clubs in this town: folks who support each other’s efforts and are willing to coordinate events and group activities to make exercise that much more enjoyable. During the heat of the summer, the activity often moves to indoor facilities, but the run never stops. Wherever you choose to pick up the pace, indoors or out, or whichever group you choose as mentors or friends, rest assured, you won’t be the only one making strides this spring!
The Las Vegas Running Team is dedicated to helping you have a successful run. It strives to promote a sense of cameraderie by encouraging friendly competition to help Southern Nevada residents become more fit and physically active. The team offers weekly clinics, regular races, track and field and cross-country meets and provides training sessions to improve your performance as a walker or runner. This allows the serious competitor to test themselves through either regional, national or international competition, using computerized timing, and allows the novice to improve through practice.
Appropriately named after our desert bird, the Sin City Road Runners are all about inspiring a love of running through teamwork and setting personal goals. The group hosts weekly Monday evening runs throughout the city and surrounding area. The team’s Facebook page offers information about meeting sites and the length and location of the runs. This is a friendly, relatively new, casual group of individuals who offer encouragement and are willing to help you set and meet your competitive or personal goals.
The Las Vegas Track Club is touted as being “Southern Nevada’s Premier Running Club.” This is a non-profit running organization that’s completely run by volunteers, and it’s got longevity: it has existed since April, 1969. These are folks who have embraced “walking, jogging and running for life, and they support youth running in southern Nevada by giving donations to their running teams and high school cross country and track teams.” The Las Vegas Track Club members even contribute to scholarships for worthy high school graduating seniors. The club’s work also includes supporting local charities with events.
Ninja Endurance Racing is a group dedicated to performance. Members have experience in long-distance running and encourage new members to increase their strength and stamina through the endurance racing training runs
. Trainers are dedicated to helping members become complete runners, whether you are eight years old or an inexperienced adult. Some members began racing late in life and have gained stamina, experience and the ability to grow as runners at the competitive level. Others run for the love of the game. Ninja Endurance Racing experts teach you the basics (breathing, cadence, form and strategy) and you train on all types of terrain. They even offer weight training to increase strength. If you are serious and want to start racing from scratch, or if you are interested in improving existing skills, Ninja Endurance Racing might be the right choice for you.
The Valley Striders are a group of friendly, like-minded individuals who hold monthly scheduled events for runners and walkers. This group encourages you to have fun getting fit in a social atmosphere, while providing walkers with encouragement and support to keep you focused on being healthy and happy. Most events are scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in the west and northwest parts of Las Vegas. Scheduled meets are based on time not distance to appeal to all members. Speed walking around a track improves distance over time, while brisk walking uphill builds leg strength. Long Saturday walks can be sociable while increasing physical endurance. All are invited to join and attend the events, no matter your skill set.
Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.