The NU Club Running team welcomes runners of many levels and experience. If you are wondering if this club is right for you, read through the FAQs below to get more information.
We are part of the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association (NIRCA) and USA Track and Field (USATF). We compete with other collegiate clubs and Division 3 varsity teams. If you are a former cross-country and/or track athlete, this club team is right for you! In the fall we compete in both cross country invitationals sponsored by NIRCA and local road races. Race distances range from 5 km road races to 6 km/8 km cross country races to half/full marathons. In the spring we compete in indoor/outdoor track meets and road races. This club is a great way to make friends with people who run at your level.
We celebrate diversity and welcome all backgrounds, religions, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender expressions.
How do I join?
You can join Club Running at the beginning of either a fall or spring semester. The deadline for dues, which is also the deadline for joining is typically three weeks into the semester. After this deadline, you must wait until the following semester to join. If it is the beginning of the semester, please attend our informational session. Then, follow these steps:
1. Fill out the questionnaire (Spring 2018 questionnaire)
2. Create a DoSportsEasy account or make sure your account is up-to-date here
3. Pay dues before the semester deadline (Deadline TBD)
When/where is practice?
Practice is held every weekday, starting at 6 PM and usually ending between 7 – 7:30 PM. We meet in the grassy square between Cabot and Richards Halls. In the spring semester, practices are held at the Reggie Lewis Indoor Track Facility approximately twice a week.
What should I expect?
In a given week, practices generally consist of 2 workouts, 2 mid-distance runs, and Fun Friday. Our workouts are held on Monday/Wednesday, where we usually do a warm up jog over to the Fens track, or down to the river for a workout on the Esplanade. In the fall, workouts are generally longer and geared towards training for the upcoming cross country races. In the spring, workouts are kept to short, fast intervals to train for the shorter track races.
On “run out” days, which are Tuesday/Thursday, we run various routes around Boston and the surrounding neighborhoods. Check our Popular Runs page for our most frequent routes! Runs range from 3 – 8 miles, and with each group broken down further based off the different paces members will be running at.
On Fridays, we head over to the Fens for some frisbee or soccer as a way to shake-out before races. Longer runs on the weekend may also be scheduled by members on our Facebook group, so stay tuned for that.
What is the commitment level?
We ask our members to attend at least 3 practices per week. For races with limited openings, we base our decision on practice attendance as well as speed.
How much are dues?
Dues are $50 if you would like to race with us during the semester. If you are here simply for the fun of it and are not interested in racing, dues are $20. Dues help to cover the cost of race entry fees as well as the cost of our membership in NIRCA.
Dues can be handed in to any of the captains during the first couple weeks of practice either in cash (in an envelope with your name on it) or a check made out to Northeastern University. More information will be given at the start of each semester, check our Facebook page in early September/January for those updates!
Do I need prior racing experience?
Many of our runners have raced in high school, in track and/or cross country. Prior racing experience is not technically a requirement, and we do not hold tryouts, but we strongly recommend having some sort of background in running. As a guideline for our distance team, if you can run 3-4 miles at at least 9 minutes per mile, you are likely prepared enough to join the club. Practices usually start more gradually with slower and shorter runs in the beginning for those returning after a long break or starting with lower mileage, but the club is generally a better fit for those who have run before, as our team continues to become increasingly competitive in the collegiate running club community.
Where and how far do you run?
We run various routes along the Charles, along the Emerald Necklace (The Commons, the Fens, Jamaica Pond), and downtown. Visit our popular runs page to see mapped out version of many of our common routes and distances.
Club Running does not hold tryouts. Before joining Club Running you should be able to run a minimum of 3 miles at 10 minute per mile pace. This policy is to ensure that runners are not left behind on runs.
In order to be added to the Club Running roster, you need to:
- Pay dues. Dues are $20 for non-racers and $50 for racers. Dues may be paid in cash or check made out to Northeastern University. Dues paid in the form of cash or check must be within an envelope labeled with your name. Racing dues may also be paid online on MyNeu.
- Fill out the Club Running survey
- Complete your DoSportsEasy forms
If you do not do all three of these things by the stated deadline you will not be added to the Club Running roster. If you are not on the roster you are not permitted to run or race with Club Running, and any dues you paid will be taken as a donation to the team.
If you either fail to show up for a race you signed up for or scratch yourself from a race you have signed up for after signups are due without a valid reason such as personal injury or family emergency, you are responsible for the cost of your race entry. Race entries may be paid in either cash or check made out to Northeastern University. Following two race scratches without valid reasons, you are suspended from racing for the remainder of the season.
If you borrow a uniform from the Club Running team to race, and either do not give that uniform back within a week or lose it entirely, you are responsible for the cost of the uniform: $30.
If you are significantly injured or sick you should not practice or race until you are well. If you become unable to run while out on a run or in a race, you create a hazardous situation for both yourself and your team.
If you misconduct yourself while at practice or a race you will at minimum be suspended from Club Running for the remainder of the season. Misconduct includes behaving in an unsafe manner, disrespecting fellow club members, and representing the team or school in a negative way, and is up to the discretion of the captains.
Erin Dillman Luke Janik Jeff Kan
President Vice President Sprinter Captain
Andres Pinedo Gabby Rao Chelsea Wojeski
Treasurer Secretary SID
Jason Portner — Co-Founder (2009-2012)
Brian Boudreau — Co-Founder (2009-2012)
Navin Nathan — Co-Founder (2009-2012)
Elizabeth Yakaboski — Co-Founder (2009-2012)
Sean Marden — Officer (2012)
Dan Michaud — Officer (2012)
Ross MacAndrew — Officer (2013)
Josh Johnson — Officer (2013)
Matt Esposito — Officer (2013)
Kevin Schubert — Officer (2013)
Jobin Abraham — Officer (2013)
Lindsay Weigel — Officer (2014)
Peter Clarke — Officer (2014)
Pat Scullion — Officer (2015)
James MacArthur — Officer (2015)
Ryan Derosier — Officer (2015)
Cindy France — Officer (2016)
Georgia Houghton — Officer (2016)
Logan Wilson — Officer (2016)
Marie Mitchell — Officer (2016)
Alicia Dias — Officer (2017)
Abby Paglia–Officer (2017)
Rick Anderson–Officer (2017)
Kyle Lorden–Officer (2017)