Running is more fun with friends!
Macon Tracks Running Club offers two training runs every week. We do a long run on Sunday morning and a track workout on Tuesday evening, taking care of the speed and endurance aspects of your training. All you have to do is show up! Want more? Scroll down for additional group run and cross-training options.
Sunday Loop the Loop
6:45 a.m. at the Triangle
Looking for company on your long runs? Sundays at 6:45 a.m., the Triangle at 1425 Old Forsyth Rd. is the place to be. Go northwest on Forsyth, cross Bass Road, and turn right on Old Forsyth (just past Howard Middle School). Link to map. Park on the “triangle” just before the railroad tracks. The full loop is almost 12 miles, with water stops at 4.5 and 9 miles. Often people will run to the first water stop and back for a total of 9 miles, or take the shortcut back for a total of 7.5 miles. We re-group at the water stops.
The pace of the 6:45 a.m. group ranges from about 8-9 minutes/mile, though there are other groups that meet at various times. E-mail Don if you plan to come so he can direct you to a group with a compatible pace and he can make sure there’s someone to greet you.
This is a great time to catch up with old friends and make new ones, get or give running advice to your comrades, and improve your endurance at the same time. Start running the loop, and, before long, you’ll be ready to run a marathon!
Here are some other places frequented by the runner crowd:
Swim at Northside
You too can have your very own swim coach! Masters swimming at Northside takes place at 5:15 a.m. or from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Coach Hannah will help you with your technique and give you a great workout. Swimming is an excellent way to recover from those long runs and, who knows, there might be a triathlon in your future. The cost is $40/month or $5 to drop in. Show up at the appointed hour and give it a try!
Swim at Lake Juliette
In the warmer months, swimmers meet on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Dames Ferry Landing pavilion for open water swimming. Please read the guidelines put out by Georgia Power before you go, and e-mail Doug Ellis to be put on the list of swimmers. For distances, check out this
detailed map. During the months when the campground is closed (fall and winter), you’ll need to e-mail Doug Ellis to get the code for the lock if you
want to swim from the pavilion.
Looking for trails?
Check out the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home at 4690 North Mumford Road in Macon. There are approximately 7.5 miles of mostly single-track shaded trails (link to map). It’s a great place to run, especially in the summer.
Tuesday Track Workout
6:30 pm at Stratford in Macon
A group of runners gets together every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratford Academy track in Macon to do interval training. Have fun with friends and improve your race times. To receive track night updates, join our Facebook page. The Stratford group meets year-round rain or shine.
We do different combinations of interval distances, usually for a cumulative total of 3 miles of fast running. Kids are welcome to join in. Everyone runs at their own pace and the workout can easily be modified for your fitness level by adjusting the number of repetitions or the distance. The pressure is low, the encouragement is high.
Start training now and get ready for a new PR come race day!
The Early Bird Gets the Run
For all you early risers, head to Wesleyan College on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:45. Meet in the Wesleyan parking lot at the corner of
Forsyth and Tucker Road (or park at the drug store across the street). On Tuesday, the run is 5 miles, and on Thursday, it’s 6 miles (map of Thursday route). Contact Steve Corkery for more information. Be there on time and be sure to wear a reflective vest. A small handheld flashlight is useful, too.
There is something magical about running in the dark when most everyone else is asleep. This run is especially appealing in the summer as it’s usually cool at 5:45 in the morning. Get your run in early and feel energized the rest of the day!
Coffee & Donut Run
Saturdays in Warner Robins at 6 a.m.
Join this run/walk group Saturdays at 6 a.m. in the parking lot of Paradise Plaza at 866 GA Hwy 96, Warner Robins, GA 31088. All runners and walkers are welcome regardless of fitness level or running pace. Dunkin’ Donuts is a store in the plaza. After the run, join us there for some socializing. Contact Don McMahan for more information and to let him know you’re coming if you’re a first-timer.