Thursday, September 4, 2008

Oakhurst Running Club Draws a Big Crowd

To learn more about local running groups, I joined the Oakhurst Running Club for their Wednesday night gathering this week. Over 30 people showed up for a great evening of running. The route took runners through a variety of neighborhoods in Oakhurst and Decatur. The club’s web site bills itself as “The Friendliest Running Club in Atlanta” and based on my experience, I have to agree. Corny, one of the club’s leaders, made a point to greet everyone and tagged along with new runners to help them follow the route. Group runs take place on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. The Oakhurst Running Club meets at One Step At A Time, a walking and running store that opened in 2001. At the store’s web site, owner John Cope shares his amazing story about overcoming asthma by running. If you’re looking for an intown running experience, make plans to join the Oakhurst Running Club.

This week’s route is the 5-mile loop I ran on Wednesday with the Oakhurst Running Club. You can find the route at the club’s web site or at Map My run under my group Atlanta Running.

Oakhurst Running Club Route – 5 miles

· Start at One Step At A Time
· From the store, head Northeast on Oakview (turning left) towards Agnes Scott College
· Cross S. McDonough and head down the concrete park path
· At the “T” on the path, turn left
· Cross E. Davis and head down College Pl
· Turn right on E. Hancock St
· Turn left and enter Agnes Scott
· Run through Agnes Scott campus to E. College Ave
· Turn right and go under the railroad track tunnel
· Cross E. Howard and run down Church St
· Turn right on Sycamore St
· Turn left on N. Candler St
· Turn right on Commerce Dr
· Turn left and enter the Decatur Cemetery
· Run through the cemetery and exit on the north side
· Exit the cemetery and turn right down the concrete path toward Glendale Ave
· Turn right on Glendale Ave
· Turn right on E. Ponce de Leon Ave
· Turn left on Sycamore Pl
· Cross Commerce Dr
· Turn right on E. Howard Ave
· Cross over E.Trinity Pl and continue down E. Howard
· Turn left and go under the railroad track tunnel
· Cross E. College and run through Agnes Scott
· From Agnes Scott (near the Tennis Courts) turn left onto S. McDonough
· Turn right onto Ansley St
· Turn right onto Oakview
· End at One Step At A Time

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