RALEIGH, NC – The Downtown Raleigh Alliance is safely bringing life back to the city.
Raleigh Routes was introduced earlier this year. This is a series of walking and running trails that you can access across Moore Square using a QR code on your smartphone.
The East Street Run Club runs these courses on the third Wednesday of each month throughout the summer. However, since November 2020, social running has had a weekly tradition for them.
Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., the East Street Run Club meets outside Current Wellness on East Street in Raleigh. Ben Strunk leads the indictment.
“For runners, it’s a solo activity in many ways. If you can start this running club, you can get involved socially with other runners to support and motivate one another,” said Strunk.
Strunk started the group last November to bring runners together in a social environment.
The Ohio native moved south to North Carolina seven years ago, and then he decided to change his lifestyle.
“I was about 300 pounds on the scales. I lost about 100 pounds and needed a way to get that weight down, ”said Strunk.
Then he turned to run.
“I didn’t start out like most people. I tend to jump into things pretty hard and actually started running ultra marathons, ”said Strunk.
That was his first race and he’s been running ever since. One of his greatest achievements is the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. It stretches for 1,175 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks.
Back on East Street, the group gathers for a well-deserved cold beer after the run.
“I know this year has been difficult for everyone, and as we get out of this pandemic, the running club is a way for us to build a community and do something that is a safe activity outside,” said Strunk.
Whether you are a hiker or a runner, there is a trail for everyone. The East Street Run Club offers a variety of four different routes from 1 mile to 6 miles.
Raleigh Routes also has a 1 mile and 3 mile self guided running and walking route.
You can join the East Street Run Club on the third Wednesday of each month in Moore Square to operate the Raleigh Routes, or every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on East Street outside of Current Wellness