I have gushed over my MRTT running group many times over the years. Please indulge me again as I talk about the power and beauty of our MRTT Welcome Runs. Let me explain why I think they are so beneficial and maybe why you should join or host one yourself.
Our MRTT group now has over 600 members and we are growing each week. We have noticed over the years that many new members are hesitant to come out to group runs. What was keeping them from joining and how could we change that? We had an idea to start hosting these special Runs.
Joining a new running group can sure be intimidating. Will they be too fast or too slow? Will you have anything in common with them? Welcome Runs are just that. Runs to welcome new members that are low key and short in mileage. We started hosting these years ago and discovered that both new and old members attended in big numbers.
Older members came out to meet new people because you really can never have too many running friends. Seasoned members help to illustrate that we are an approachable and friendly group. They also got to catch up with running friends that they don’t normally see. Did I mention that we always finish up with coffee and breakfast?
“I remember feeling really nervous about joining the group. Not sure as to whether I would be able to keep up etc. I was made to feel so welcome from the very first day and this group has made such a positive impact on my life. If I can in any way pass that along to someone else who is new to the area or new to running I really want to be a part of that. That is why I go to the welcome runs.”
“I always enjoy the welcome runs and coffee/food.”
“I love meeting friends old and new at the welcome runs! They tend to be shorter runs with a relaxed pace which invites conversation. I’ve met 99% of my best friends through MRTT over the past seven years and one can never have too many friends ❤️”
“I always look forward to the welcome runs because I get to see the runners that I don’t get to run with. And any social event that makes me feel like I am part of a community”
Have you ever joined in on a group run when you did not know anyone? What keeps you from doing so? Does your group have welcome runs?