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How Do I Choose the Best Free Running Club?

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  • Last Modified Date: 24 November 2016
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Urban areas often play host to free runners who attempt to move over, through, around, or under man-made and natural objects within a cityscape. This activity can be fun and exhilarating, though it can be even more enjoyable if you choose to join a free running club. It is likely that you will have a few options for clubs if you live in a major urban area, but generally, such clubs are not as common as other athletics clubs, so you may need to do a bit of research to find options. When choosing a free running club, start by determining whether you will fit in terms of interests, abilities, and age.

The purpose of joining any club is to meet others who share your passion, and a free running club is no different. While all participants in the club will have a passion for free running, it is important to note whether personalities mesh well, and other interests outside of free running match up with your own. Try to find a free running club that accepts members in your age group and ability level; most clubs will do so, but some are reserved only for advanced free runners or rank beginners. It is a good idea to go to a few club meetings to get a general idea as to whether you will fit well with a particular club.

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If you will be required to pay dues to enter the free running club, be sure to find out what types of benefits you will receive for your payment. While many clubs do not collect dues, others may charge fees to cover equipment, travel, or clerical costs. Others may be able to offer sponsorships from various companies that are interested in reaching a free running audience. It is also a good idea to look for clubs that sponsor events, gatherings, regular club meetings, or even discussions. Some clubs might do volunteer work in the community to help improve the image of free runners and give back to the community in general.

Make sure whatever free running club you consider is operating legally and safely. Free running is an inherently dangerous sport, but it can be made exceptionally more dangerous if members of the club act recklessly or irresponsibly. Injuries are likely to occur; some clubs may offer basic emergency health benefits that you can opt into; such benefits will cover you should you become injured at a club event.

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