Running Start

Running programs and area scenic routes


If you are looking to start running this year, whether a beginner or getting back into it after many years, there are Wilmington resources to get you up on your feet and on the track.

Change the Game

Change the Game, a physical therapy and performance training firm in Wilmington has a “Run Club” for all levels of runners that is designed for resiliency.

Its program is focused on strength and conditioning for avoiding injury and boosting performance, according to Change the Game’s website.

The run club includes an analysis of the runner’s form, discussion of injuries and goals, group class sessions twice a week, access to an online training platform that includes a custom daily program, and a monthly fun run for charity, among other features.

Each class is limited to four participants.

Fleet Feet

The Carrboro-headquartered retail chain, with a location in Wilmington, has programs for marathon training, including preparing for half and full marathons.

The program is 12-14 weeks and features topics such as running form, injury prevention, and nutrition and hydration guidance. The program partners with Aqua Float & Cryo, Life Force PT & Wellness, and AXIS Fitness to provide more resources.

Fleet Feet also has a program with a yearlong commitment that allows runners to sign up for any running session offered in 2020.

That includes its Beginner 5k Training Program, Speed Demons 10K, Cooper River Bridge 10K Training Program, and others.

Wilmington Road Runners Club

The Wilmington Road Runners Club has more than 400 members that range from seasoned runners to joggers.

The organization hosts many events including competitions, charitable races and relays, group training runs, fun runs, social gatherings, and community service programs.

The club provides opportunities for members to train, race, socialize, and volunteer together.

Training includes group runs around town and track workouts.

Wilmington Road Runners hosts the WRRC Seaside Shuffle 5K, Survival Run, and River to Sea, among other running events.

Without Limits

Known in the community for some of the races it manages, including the Southern Tour Ultra and Wrightsville Beach Triathlon, Without Limits offers coaching for those wanting to get healthy, run a race, improve their run or qualify for a marathon.

Its coaching services include a training program that is split into three levels.

Each level is based on individual endurance, speed, race experience, weekly mileage, and other factors, according to its website.

Level 1 practices, for those who run a 5K in more than 30 minutes and a half-marathon in more than 2 hours and 30 minutes, has a variation of walking and running activities, running exercises, and strength circuits.

Level 2, for those who run a 5K between 23 and 30 minutes, and level 3 practices, for those running a 5K in under 23 minutes, include 90-minute sessions with dynamic warm up stretching, running drills, a variety of practice locations, and a track workout per week.

Without Limits also has individualized race plans, one-on-one sessions, small group sessions, and a walk-to-run program for beginners.

For the young runners in the family, there is a youth running program featuring distance and sprints, cross country, and indoor track sessions, among others.

Scenic Routes

If you would like to take training into your own hands, and if treadmills and tracks are not for you, here are some of the most scenic routes in the area for running.

Carolina Beach State Park – 101 State Park Road, Carolina Beach. The park has about 9 miles of trails including the 1-mile Campground Trail, Track Trail, 1-mile Fitness Trail, and 3-mile Sugarloaf Trail.

Brunswick Riverwalk – 508 River Road, Leland. The park features a 1/3-mile trail and boardwalk alongside the Brunswick River.

Downtown Riverwalk – Nun Street, Wilmington. A 1.8-mile stretch following the Cape Fear River that begins near Waterline Brewing Co.

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area – 1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach. The protected shoreline has about 6 miles of beach and trails through a salt marsh.

Greenfield Lake Park – 1739 Burnett Blvd., Wilmington. The park features 250 acres with biking and walking trails along the lake.

Wrightsville Beach Loop – Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach. The loop features a trail for walkers and runners that leads to the beach.

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