Group Runs

Feel free to join any of the local groups for their runs. If your group wants to be included on this list, if you have additional information, or have questions about distance and pace for the various runs please e-mail our Group Run Coordinator, Monica Henley.


BTC Running Groups

BTC Saturday Long Run Training Group for Marathons and Half Marathons

The BTC Long Run Group is a group of runners that began training together in 2006. Each year they pick a goal Marathon/Half Marathon in the fall and train together. Saturday morning routes and water stops are coordinated by the BTC with members dropping water along the route. Paces range from 8:00 to 12:00. Distances for Saturday morning runs range from 8 to 22 miles. This is not a group for beginners. The BTC Long Run Group is an open group. There is an e-mail list maintained by the BTC that you can request to be on. Monica Henley heads up the weekely runs. You can email her here or visit the group's Facebook page for information.


BTC Saturday Morning Moderate Distance Run

Birmingham Track Club organized Saturday morning moderate distance run (3.5 - 7 miles typically) for new runners wanting to increase their distances or existing runners wanting a group to run with but not interested in longer mileage. Contact the Moderate Run Coordinator, Mark Criswell, or check them out on Facebook for more information.


Road Running Groups and Group Runs 

Birmingham Running and Training Society (BRATS)

BRATS is a running group in Birmingham, Alabama with just over 50 coed members who run early most mornings from several venues in the Homewood, Mountain Brook and Birmingham areas. We are a very diverse group, who share a major common bond - the love of running, major league fun, nutrition and friendships built through training together. Weekday runs range from 5-10 miles and weekend runs with the BTC range from 10-22 miles, generally training for 1/2 marathon, marathon and ultra marathons. Paces range from 7:30-10 min/mile. This is not a run group for beginners.

Our main communications are found on our closed Facebook page.


Michael Gann (205-572-2869)
Joey Longoria (205-410-4357)
Justin Kaplan (205-215-1881)


Black Girls Run

Black Girls Run! is a National Organization with a local Chapter. They have over 3,000 members with all paces and levels from the beginner walker to ultramarathon runners. There is no fee to join and they are always accepting new female members.

Contact one of the BGR! Birmingham Ambassadors for more information:

Tammy Fincher,; LaJuana Davis,; or Ashley Barron,

or visit, or find the local chapter Black Girls RUN! Birmingham on Facebook:


Black People Run Bike and Swim 

It is so important to move! Black People Run Bike And Swim is not an "exclusion", it is an "awareness" of the reality in which education, exposure, and disparities affect us in ways that are at times not recognized or understood. Our group meets weekly to battle obesity in the form of activity. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter,  or Email us Jerri,  Shirley, or  Patrick for more information or schedule of events. 


B-Dubs Gardendale Running Club

Gardendale runners are invited to join our group runs. On Tuesdays meet at 6 PM on the patio of Buffalo Wild Wings Gardendale. Stick around afterwards for food & beverage specials. On Saturdays, meet at 8 AM on the patio. Stick around afterwards for bRUNch and College GameDay on the patio. There will be 1, 3, and 5 mile routes. All paces and experience levels are welcome. 

For more information, contact


Downtown Running Club

Not only do they not want to drive over the mountain for a run, but they don't want to do it at 6 a.m.! This group meets at Paramount Cafe (200 20th street N) on Saturday mornings for a run around the city. They are open to all paces. For more information, e-mail Brian at or find them on Facebook


Evening Runners

The Evening runners have about 20 regulars and 90 members. After completing Run University's program for the Ruben Studdard Half Marathon in the fall, they decided that the rest of the runners in Birmingham started way too early, so they run at night. Paces range from 9 minute miles to 15 minute miles. They are an open group. Request to join their Facebook page for run times and locations.

Fleet Feet Birmingham
Fleet Feet Sports Birmingham hosts its Monday Night Run at 6:00pm every Monday. The group run begins at the Fleet Feet Sports store on Heights Village Road and follows a 3-mile loop through Cahaba Heights. Post-run drinks and dinner follows at one of the many local restaurants in the Cahaba Heights area.
Greystone Area Run Group
Running group for anyone who lives in or near the following areas: Mt. Laurel, Highland Lakes, Greystone, Meadow Brook, Brook Highland, etc.

Meet on Wednesday nights at 5:45 pm in front of Area 41 Pizza Company in Mt. Laurel.



Helena Endurance Running Group

HERG is a running group out of Helena, a city about 20 miles south of the city of Birmingham. Their mainstay running days are Wednesday evening and Saturday morning from La Reunion Coffee Shop in Helena. Paces range from 8:30 to 13:30 for long runs. They also meet on Tuesday and Thursday, but that is inconsistent as of Spring 2012. This is an open group with no cost. More information and contacts can be found on their Facebook page or by emailing Donnette.


Lazy Sunday Afternoon Run

Lazy Sunday Afternoon Run is exactly that – a nice, easy recovery run designed to be a great way to either wind down the weekend or ease into the new week. The group meets at Cahaba Brewing on the first and third Sundays of the month and Avondale Brewing on the second and fourth Sundays. After the run feel free to join us to socialize and relax. Play some Skeeball at Cahaba or listen to a little music at Avondale. As always, all paces and levels of experience are welcomed and encouraged! For more information contact Greg Stein or visit


Monday Runday

This run is based out of Tin Roof, 2709 7th Ave South, and meets every Monday evening with groups leaving at 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm. It is built for all levels of experience and all paces with routes of 2, 4, and 6 miles that are regularly run. Following the run we stay at Tin Roof to socialize with their food and drink specials, as well as a variety of happenings including Birthday Monday (the first Monday of every month), and Massage Monday (typically the third Monday of each month. Everyone is welcome! For more information contact Greg Stein or visit 


Norm's Gnomes

Norm's Gnomes are a local group of about 70 members who run a 6:30-8:30 pace and train for half marathons, marathons, 50K races, and races up to 100-mile Ultra's. This is not a beginners group. They have various weekly runs in the Homewood and Mountain Brook Areas. E-mail Jennifer  or Tim for more information.


Regular Runners

The Regular Runners are a group that trains for various distances with their long runs beginning at 13 miles on Saturday Morning. During the week, they have shorter runs in the Hoover Area. Paces range from 9:00 to 12 minute miles with some members using the Gallaway run-walk method and others just running. Saturday Morning Long Run attendance averages 30 members with about 60 on the e-mail distribution list. To join this group and receive the weekly e-mails, send a message to David,  Harry, or Jay.


Resolute Running Recovery Run 

Resolute Running Training Center hosts a weekly Sunday morning recovery run at 6 am at O'Henry's Coffee in Highland Park. There are runs of varying distances ranging from 3-9 miles. For more information, contact Alex Morrow at or on Facebook at


See Mom Run

See Mom Run is an exercise and running group lead by mothers, Crystal Mullen-Johnson and Brooke Lawson. Their mission is to inspire mothers to set the standard of modeling a healthy lifestyle for their families.

See Mom Run meets during the week at 11:30am at Railroad Park. They are looking for more moms who would like to incorporate fitness into their lunchtime routine. All runners are welcome and they look forward to "seeing moms run" through Birmingham.



Shijenben Running Group

This is a veteran long run group, training for half and full marathons and moonlighting as triathletes in the off season. They have been running together for over 2 years and paces range from 8:30 to 12:00 minute miles. The regular group has about 65-70 runners with 160 on the group e-mail list. They also meet for Sunday morning bike rides. You can e-mail to be put on the weekly long run group list, or find them on Facebook. They are an open group.


Socially Responsible Socials

Birmingham runners are the best group of caring people out there. Join us at 5:30 pm on the last Thursday of every month at Good People Brewing. A small donation allows you to enjoy a fun run, some live music, interesting giveaways, great craft beer and wonderful food, all in the name of supporting some amazing local charities. Last year, 2012, we raised approximately $8,000 for some very small, but very important, local groups working to make the Birmingham area a better place to live. Registration typically opens at 5:30 pm at Good People and the run starts at 6:00 pm. For more information contact Greg Stein at or visit

Trak Shak 
The Trak Shak offers a weekly group run from their store in Homewood at 5:30 pm on Wednesday nights. 3 mile5 mile, & 8.5 mile courses are available. For more info, visit

Village Runners

The Village Runners are a local group of about 90 runners who enjoy training and running together. They are “serious recreational” runners with paces ranging from 8:30 to 10:30. They meet almost every day at the Western Supermarket in Mountain Brook. Weekday runs are 4-6 miles and weekends are longer. They promise not to leave a runner behind. They welcome all runners – the more the merrier! Find them on Facebook or email Dave or Randy


Trail Running Groups and Group Runs

Alabama Outdoors Tuesday Night Trails

Whether you simply think running trails would be fun, are just starting to get into trails, or are an experienced veteran ready to tackle the Western States 100, you are welcome and encouraged to join us every Tuesday evening from Spring to Fall (daylight permitting) at Red Mountain Park. We meet in the cul-de-sac and hit the trails from there with groups designed to meet every level of experience and pace. The Advanced group typically runs a sub-8:00 pace, Intermediate Fast is between 8:30 – 9:30 pace, Intermediate Slow runs 9:30 – 10:30 pace, and the Fun Group usually is at 10:00 +. Distances vary by group and available daylight and every group has a leader and a sweep so everyone can feel comfortable. Sign in is at 5:45 p.m. and the runs start at 6:00 pm. For more info go to


Birmingham Ultra Trail Society (BUTS)

BUTS is a group designed to promote and facilitate the growth of the trail running community in Birmingham. BUTS is open to anyone who believes in happy trails and wants to be a part of one of the South’s best trail communities. BUTS organizes informal group runs on many of the local trails, including Red Mountain, Ruffner Mountain, and Oak Mountain. For more information about the group runs, check out the Birmingham Ultra Trail Society on Facebook. 






Training Programs

Fleet Feet's Sports Group Runs and Training Programs

The Fleet Feet Beginning 5K & 10K training programs are designed to target a specific race and is led by coaches familiar with the race distances, training techniques, and the basics of teaching. Each coach is assisted by mentors who have are experienced as well, and are trained to help participants of all levels of experience. Every training course session includes a targeted training plan, weekly group runs, pre-planned routes including hydration stops, specific nutrition and hydration education sessions, core strength sessions, fit clinics for shoes, inserts, socks, Gear Check Night for apparel and accessories, pre-race pasta party and celebration, and training group technical shirt. The cost for the programs vary. For more information call Andy at Fleet Feet (970.6620) or email him.

Other groups led by Fleet Feet include:

  • Training Programs: The Fleet Feet training programs are designed to help people reach a specific running goal or distance. The cost for the programs vary. For more information contact Sachiko Green at or 205-970-6620.


Run University's Couch to 5K (10K)

Run University is a program led by coach Danny Haralson. There are several programs throughout the year that last 7 weeks (5K) or 10 weeks (10K). The programs begin with short walks mixed in with short runs building up to a 5K, 10K or half marathon. This group is appropriate for beginners and open to all fitness levels. The program usually begins in the parking lot below the Mountain Brook YMCA and they go on to meet in various locations throughout Homewood and Mountain Brook as the distance increases. The program costs $49 for the 5K/10K and the Half Marathon cost depends on the event chosen for the group. Contact Danny, visit the Run University's website or find them on Facebook or Twitter for more information.



Group Run Schedules (updated soon)


5:30 a.m., Western Mountain Brook, Village Runners
5:30 a.m., Spain Park/Veterans' Park in Hoover, Norm's Gnomes

5:45 p.m., Tennis Courts at Homewood Park, Evening Runners
6:00 p.m., Tin Roof Runnin' Crew at Tin Roof in Lakeview, 


4:45 a.m./5 a.m., Next Total Fitness (previously Sportplex) in Hoover off of Lorna Road, Regular Runners
5:15 a.m., Western Mountain Brook , Village Runners
5:30 a.m., Mountain Brook YMCA, Sunrise Run
5:30 p.m., Railroad Park, Black Girls Run
5:15 sign in and 6:00 p.m. start time, Red Mountain Park, Alabama Outdoors
6:00 p.m., Lakeview 29th & 7th South, Evening Runners

6:00 p.m., Buffalo Wild Wings Gardendale, B-Dubs Gardendale Running Club


5:45 a.m., Brookwood O'Henry's, Gnomes (Speed Work)
5:30 a.m., Western Mountain Brook, Village Runners
9:30 a.m., Beginning on August 28, 2012, Starbuck's in Cahaba Heights, Fleet Fee Run Moms
5:30 p.m., Trak Shak in Homewood,  Varied paces and routes available
5:30 p.m., Helena Middle School, Helena Endurance Running Group
6:00 p.m., Lakeview 29th & 7th South, Evening Runners


4:45 a.m./5 a.m., Next Total Fitness (previously Sportplex) in Hoover off of Lorna Road, Regular Runners
5:30 a.m., Western Mountain Brook, Village Runners
6:00 p.m., Independent Presbyterian Church in Southside/Highlands, Evening Runners
6:00 p.m., Fleet Feet Thursday Therapy Run from the store. 5K and 10K routes available


5:30 a.m., Western Mountain Brook, Village Runners


4 a.m./6 a.m., Location Varies, Shijenben Running Group
5 a.m., National Bank of Commerce (previously Brownell Travel) Building, Regular Runners
5 a.m./ 6 a.m., La Reunion Coffee Shop, Helena Endurance Running Group
6 a.m., Trak Shak or O'Henry's Brookwood, Gnomes
6 a.m., Trak Shak, BTC Marathoners and Half Marathoners
8 a.m., Greensprings end of Lakeshore Trail at the Soccer Fields, Black Girls Run
8 a.m., Red Mountain Park, Fleet Feet Off Street

8 a.m., Buffalo Wild Wings Gardendale, B-Dubs Gardendale Running Club
10 a.m., Paramount Cafe, Downtown Running Club                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


6:00 a.m.  O'Henry's Coffee Highland Park, Resolute Running Training Center

6:30 a.m. National Bank of Commerce (previously Brownell Travel) Building, Team In Training, Al Dimicco
8:30 a.m. Oak Mountain Paddle Boats Dock, Steve Ponte