Group Runs

Here you will find regular group runs that are organized or attended by Wicked Running Club members. Each run has a description and an identified Wicked Running Club Run Captain. While these runs have consistent participation, we cannot make weekly guarantees. If you want to check in on status for any given week, you can reach out to the Run Captain. Some runs also have Facebook groups that you can subscribe to or send messages to. If you are new to any of these runs, we strongly suggest that you reach out in one of these ways. Once you get used to a group and the cadence, such checkins will become less necessary.

Also on this page we list group runs that are not organized or arranged by the Wicked Running Club, but often will have members attending. Those do not have Race Captains but if other contacts are available we list them.

Monday Nights at BackBeat

Every Monday night at 6PM we join our friends at BackBeat Brewing Company for a 5K run around Beverly. Afterwards you can choose to hang out at BackBeat for beverages and/or food. 31A Park Street in Beverly, near the main Beverly Train Depot.

Run Captain: Chris Nolin, Facebook Group: Wicked Group Runs and Races.

Slowest Runner Sets the Pace

Are you new to running? Making a comeback? Do you enjoy running with a fun group of people? The Slowest Runner Sets the Pace group might be just perfect for you! The group meets at various times through the week for both running and cross-training opportunities.

Run Captain: Kelly Pheulpin, Facebook Group: Slowest Runner Sets the Pace – Wicked Running Club.

Tuesday and Thursday: 5:30AM!

Yes you read that correctly, this is for early people. Rain or shine, Wicked members meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:30 am (departing around 5:35) in Salem next to the Front Street parking lot (free parking till 8 am) for a five mile run that rounds Salem Common, the Willows, Juniper Point, and Winter Island. The intended pace is “conversational” with the option to go off the front or hang back as training plans dictate.

Folks gather near 6 Front Street (either side) prior to departure, the main group usually finishes around 6:20 am.

Route details:
· Front Street to Hawthorne Boulevard
· Around the Common to Andrew Street and out Collins Cove
· Along Collins Cove onto Memorial Drive
· Up Memorial Drive, past Camp Naumkeag and around the Willows
· Around Juniper Point and out to Winter Island back to Fort Avenue
· Down Derby to Central Street and back to Front Street

Run Captain: Alison Phelan.

Donut Worry Be Happy Sundays

“Donut Worry Be Happy Sundays” is a fun four-mile scenic route through Salem – rain or shine, at 9:15AM each Sunday. Runners meet at the Salem Commons entrance by the Hawthorne Hotel (in case of rain – under the hotel canopy). We welcome all paces and abilities! This is an untimed “you do you” run – feel free to stay with the group, cut the route short, make the route longer, do a tempo run, walk/run etc. The most important thing to keep in mind if you get separated from the pack, is to join us at In A Pig’s Eye at 10am for “refueling.” (Beer, bloodies, pancakes… this run is just a clever ruse to make unwise dietary decisions and socialize with your fellow runners).

(Um, so what’s the deal with the donuts? We used to meet up at 62 when they had a home-made donut and cocktail bar on Sundays. Sadly, that no longer exits – but we kept the name out of convenience/laziness. And of course, the “spirit of the donut” lives on in all of us).

Here is a garmin link to the course.

Run Captain: Kate Burns and George Mclaughlin, Facebook Group: Donut Worry Be Happy Sunday