There’s something rather daunting about the idea of running a marathon that has even the strongest of us shaking in our shoes. It’s times like those that a group of like-minded individuals working {or running} towards a common goal can help shake that fear aside. Here’s our list of running communities in the city that can get even the laziest among us pumped up about running.

Reebok Running Squad

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Created as a fitness initiative by the company, the Reebok Running Squad consists of a number of trainers who help runners of any fitness level build their strength, stamina, and endurance to run a marathon. They use the buddy system and group exercises, so you are very likely to find many like yourself in the group.

Where: Multiple venues including Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Center Park {Ghaziabad}, Leisure Valley {Sector 29, Gurgaon}, Noida Stadium {Sector 21, Noida} and Town Park {Sector 12, Faridabad}

Register for Reebok Running Squad here.

For updates, follow them here.

Running Fitness Bootcamp

These bootcamps are held only over weekends, and for good reason ‘cos boy, they are intense! They have a workout centre in Hauz Khas where they have programmes designed specifically keeping in mind a runner’s requirements. These routines include lots of body-weight training and barbell movements, which they mix up with some yoga.

Where: Deer Park, Hauz Khas

Contact: +91 9999886967                              

Find out more here. Follow their workout centre here.

Indian Track Club

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They’re equipped with synthetic tracks and high-quality training equipment at the centre, and have a team of athletes, coaches, medicine & massage therapists, so they sure take running {and runners} very seriously. Whether you’re a young kid or an elite athlete, they’ll show you the right way to train for a run.

Where: A-77, 1st Floor, DDA Complex, Okhla Industrial Area Phase II

Contact: +91 9599675963

Find out more here. Follow them here for updates.

Run Xtreme

They have free training sessions throughout the week, usually early in the mornings. They meet up about five-six times in Nehru Park and Lodhi Garden, and are slowly spreading over other parts of the city, so you can find something that’s closer to home.

Where: Nehru Park, Lodhi Garden, Janakpuri District Park, Rose Garden, Siri Fort Sports Complex

Contact: +91 9810596943

Follow their group here.

Running & Living

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This group is ready to help you out for whatever doubts or questions you may have about running, or give even a healthy dose of motivation to get moving, for that matter. If you’re planning to run a full marathon {wowza!}, they have a comprehensive 18-month training schedule you can follow, along with diet advice and tips to avoid injury.

Find out more here. Follow them here for more updates.

Nike+ Run Clubs

With the help of some of the best coaches in the country, Delhi’s Nike+ Run Club makes its participants go through endurance training, speed workouts, and core conditioning, all of which they tweak according to a particular runner’s goal. So whether you’re looking at a 6 km run or the full marathon, they’ll know exactly what to do with you.

Find out more here.

Feature image courtesy Nike Running