Come Run With Us!

The Star City Striders Running Club is an organization of individuals with a wide range of interests, ages, occupations, fitness, and ability levels. The Club strives to promote running and jogging for fun, fitness, and various levels of competition.

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Senior Citizens' Center on Union Street in Salem. These meetings provide a means to meet and socialize with fellow runners and receive encouragement and motivation. Many meetings are informational with guest speakers covering topics such as stretching, nutrition, shoes, massage, and physical therapy.

A monthly newsletter provides information on the local running scene as well as a calendar of upcoming races in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.

The Striders sponsor two local foot races annually as fund raisers for the Club:

            The Womens' Distance Run 5K in September.
            The Star City Half Marathon and 5K in November.

The Club also provides volunteers and equipment for area races such as the Salem Distance Runs,
Shamrock Hill 5K, AEP Festival Run 5K and 10K, Commonwealth Games 5-Miler and Goblin Gallop 5K.

The Striders also get involved in other community activities such as collecting and donating food and gifts to needy families each Christmas.

Many members benefit from group training runs. Group running offers conversation, motivation, discipline, etc. Groups vary in size and ability levels. One group meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 PM in the parking lot behind the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road next to Wiley Drive. Another group meets at the same location at 5:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the winter months, and moves to the Patrick Henry High School track in the summer. Sunday runs start from the Roanoke Athletic Club on Starkey Road at 8 AM in the winter and 7 AM in the summer. Runs are held regardless of weather, and pace and distance vary. Newcomers are always welcome. Other groups meet to run nearly every day of the week in various parts of the Valley.

Membership in the Star City Striders offers you the opportunity to meet runners who run or jog at your pace and distance. Your membership card entitles you to discounts at CMT Sporting Goods, Foot Locker, Foot Action, and Champs.

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