Become a member

Fast, slow, old, young, men, women–we welcome everyone who has an interest in running. The Club provides an enjoyable social atmosphere, while supporting and promoting the mission of our local Ronald McDonald House.

If you have never done a track workout before, don’t be intimidated! We all have to start somewhere. We break up into different groups, based on ability and current fitness level. There is a group for everyone, and it really helps to improve your overall fitness.

Becoming a member is super-easy

Just show up at one of the practices and talk with Bob, Anne, or Jon.

Practice time and location

In the spring, summer, and fall, practices are held Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:45 am and on Wednesdays at 5:45 pm.  Wednesday evenings workout is duplicated Wednesday evening. You can see each week’s workout here.

Practices are held at the Brown Stadium on Sessions and Elmgrove in Providence, rain or shine. Use the Sessions Street entrance. As the Club President Rick Ripley says, “If it rains, we all get wet. Only lightning will halt outdoor practice.”

In the winter, practice is held at the Brown indoor track at 235 Hope St. in Providence on Monday and Wednesdays at 5:45 am.

What you receive as a member of the Club

Photo of Running Club coachesExperienced coaching

The highly experienced coaches, Bob and Anne Rothenberg and Jon Barnes receive no payment for their time, despite trekking into Providence every Monday and Wednesday at 5:45 am and every Wednesday at 5:45 pm. (There is no guarantee that you won’t get an occasional ribbing, but you can deliver some right back.)

Structured practices and workouts.

Bob, Anne, and Jon put together workouts with specific goals in mind. In general, Mondays are for making you faster; Wednesdays are for endurance.

Plus you get…

The opportunity to laugh, meet great people, camaraderie, motivation, and the opportunity to work out in the Brown stadium.

Member opportunities to help the Ronald McDonald House

As a club member, you have many ways to aid in the mission of the Ronald McDonald House.

Contributing to Second Friday Dinners

One of the ongoing ways that the running club supports the Ronald McDonald House of Providence is providing dinner for House guests on the second Friday of each month. Learn more.

Wearing Your Club Racing Shirt in All Races

This helps promote the mission and values of the Ronald McDonald House of Providence. They are available as a singlet or T-shirt.

Participating or Volunteering at the Women’s 5K Classic

The Women’s 5K Classic is held each October and is the largest fundraiser we do for the Ronald McDonald House of Providence. It’s a blast and all members are expected to either participate as a runner or volunteer at the race.

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