Whether you’re training for a race or just jogging for funzies, East Falls Flyers welcomes “hashers” of all paces for a new social running group coming together this Summer.
For awhile now, the runners we knew would often lament the lack of a local running club. With all these trails, and all these young (and young at heart) people, yet.
Of course, we have a local *walking* group — but nothing for folks here who enjoy keeping an invigorated pace together.
East Falls Flyers takes off the ground this Summer as the neighborhood’s first social running group.
“We got tired of wishing there was a running club, so we just decided to start one, ” Liz Vaden told us on a recent Pack Walk with Nick Malfitano and their dog Cash. Along with Lisa Marie and Greg Skochko, they created an East Falls Flyers group on Facebook, and invited neighbors from the popular local forum NextDoor.
They picked a date, planned a route, and were pleasantly surprised by the number of local runners who met them at the Falls Bridge for the group’s inaugural go. Liz reports:
We were very pleasantly surprised by the turn-out! From the Falls Bridge, we decided to run down the Schuylkill River Trail 15 minutes and back — an easy way for folks to find similarly-paced partners. Some runners did about 2 miles, other twice that — and a few in-between. We met back at the start and walked back to Murphy’s together.
We’re still in the early stages, of course, and we’re very open to suggestions. As we start off, we’ll keep the runs simple, either out & back on the SRT or the MLK side (which is nice too).
Some people might want to run longer, in which case we’ll start ending at the planned bar instead of Falls Bridge. We’ll try a different bar every week, and then just rotate through them.
All levels, paces, and distances are very welcome and there are nice water fountains on the Kelly Drive side.
The group is growing fast! Please keep spreading the word and inviting your friends & neighbors. We’re just starting out now, and are looking forward to building a fun, social running community here in East Falls.
Get running with great local folks, every Monday night at 6:30 pm! (time changed from 6:15 until further notice) The fun continues afterwards for a Happy Hour in one of East Falls’ friendly local pubs. Sign up for notifications, or just show up at the Falls Bridge. For more information, contact Liz thru East Falls Flyers on Facebook.