Lace up the runners

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Hubtown Running Club looking to connect running community

Lace up the runners

TRURO - Nobody runs alone.
That's the motto of the new Hubtown Running Club and is the whole basis behind its formation.
"I think the area has a very active running community," said Jeff VanWart, who started the club along with fellow runners Jody Mattie and Steve Currie. "But there is no organization to it.
"A lot of times I see a group of six or seven running and have no idea who they are."
He's hoping that's about to change and it looks as if it might. The club is set to hold its first run on Feb. 21 and already there are about 90 names expressing interest in joining.
The showing of interest was almost immediate. The club held an information meeting in late January and 35 people showed up.
"That was a lot more than we anticipated," Currie said. "We were expecting about a dozen to join but in just a couple weeks we were pushing 60."
VanWart came up with the idea recently after starting running two years ago. Frequently travelling across Atlantic Canada for his job, he would often hook up with running clubs in various cities to stay fit.
But when he returned home, there was no such club and he felt it was just a natural step to form one.
Mattie said there are all kinds of advantages to running with a group rather than by yourself, including helping to keep a runner motivated while meeting new people.
"We just want people to have fun and once they experience running in a group they'll see it's a lot better," he said. "People are more likely to show up and they tend to push each other toward their goals.
"It's also a place where more experienced runners can share their tips."
The club is open to runners of all ages and levels from beginner to elite. There are already some first-timers to those who have qualified for the Boston Marathon ready to go.
"We don't want people thinking they're going to show up and run behind the faster runners. That will never be the case," Mattie said.
The club is looking at holding a group run twice per week on Sunday and possibly Tuesday. But for those who can't make a scheduled run but would still like to run on another day, the club's website provides a forum where members can get together on their own to go running.
"That's going to be a great feature for everyone," VanWart said.
The website will be up next week and can be found at www.hubtownrunningclub.ca. Those interested in joining can e-mail hubtownrunningclub@hotmail.com. An annual registration fee of $10 will help cover website costs and get the runner a T-shirt.

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Organizations: Hubtown Running Club, Boston Marathon

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada

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