The miles seem to go by faster when you’re running with someone.  So just think how much faster they will go when you join our outrageously good looking group of runners. Here’s the deal.  It’s free. It’s for everyone.  And it meets every Monday at 6:30pm at Federal Hill Fitness on 39 E. Cross Street.

Turn off the computer and come join us for a run.

Here’s how we start off every run:

  1. We pass around a bag for your keys, phones, and anything else that jangles. We then put it behind the front desk at the Federal Hill Fitness so it’s all safe.
  2. We’ll mention any announcements, some key races coming up and the rules of the fitness center.
  3. Then everyone everyone introduces themselves (just their name and if they are new) and says their approximate pace (e.g  8 minute miles). If you don’t know, just say fast, medium, or slow. Use your outdoor voice.
  4. If you’re new, we pair you up with someone approximately your pace so they can show your the course.
  5. We follow a basic course that is about 4.7 miles.  The faster folks add additional mileage and if you’re not quite feeling it, you can turn around sooner.
  6. We all end up back at Federal Hill Fitness around 7:15ish.  There is always a water cooler and cups available.
  7. Then some people go out afterward for drinks/dinner.

Doesn’t that sound a lot better than what you’re doing now?  We’ll see you there. If you’re new, be sure to introduce yourself to the organizers (usually Ryan McGrath, James Dubose, or Susan Kim who will be standing next to the water cooler and key bag) and one of them will help match you up.

Finally, if you know of anyone who likes to run, pass along this link. Or better yet,  Like us on facebook, tweet about us, or be Old School and just bring them with you.

79 Responses to Welcome

  1. Jesse Kopelke says:

    I just moved to the city and tonight will be my first night with Federal Hill Runners. Thanks for putting this website up just in time! See you all tonight!

  2. I’ve been receiving your emails for a few years (embarrassing I’ve never joined a run!) After work has always been tough for me, and I think I’ve just been intimidated, however after this new site was posted, I’m officially committed. I’ll hopefully see you soon!

  3. We’re officially glad to have you. See you soon!

  4. SusanLSperry says:

    So excited to see Federal Hill Runners going strong. Thanks to Ryan, Susan and many others who are leading the group!

  5. Tonya_theRunner says:

    Great Job Susan on the website!! Look forward to running in the rain 2night!

  6. Christen says:

    Good morning! I was planning on joining the group tonight for the first time. Will the rain cancel the run? I actually don’t mind running in the rain (aside from a downpour!) I am just wondering how I would know if it is cancelled or not.

    • Oh, good question. The answer is rain, snow, sleet, nor dark of gloom cancels the run. Severe lightening would be the one thing. I’ll add this to the FAQs

  7. komorgan says:

    Any good running events coming up?

  8. komorgan says:

    Are we still meeting for a 6:30 pm run on Memorial Day?

  9. I am really excited that I just found this website! I’m moving to Federal Hill at the end of this month (from Indiana) and I’m seriously going to cry as I leave my running group… so I’m going to need a new one! 🙂 I’ll be there at the beginning of August! Are any of you on twitter or facebook? Dorky of me to ask, I’m sure… but I figured I would try to connect with some of you before getting there 🙂 My twitter is @m_binkley and my facebook is facebook.com/magbinkley. I’m really nice, I swear! Looking forward to meeting you guys!!! -Maggie

  10. Coming out for my first run tomorrow. Woohoo!

  11. I’ll be there tonight for my first run! Looking forward to meeting you guys! 🙂

  12. Darla says:

    Hi, I am new to running and really haven’t run any solid distance such as those mentioned above. I think the most I’ve run is 2.5 miles. I was looking for people to run with since I’m usually by myself on the treadmill, but I was curious if I had to meet the 4.7 mile course as a minimum to join you guys?

    • Darla- That’s great that you are starting to run. Here’s the good news about running with us (and running in general). You can turn back at any time! Around the 2.5 mile point we actually go by cross street– at Harborview. We continue running along the Harbor. What you could do is turn at Cross Street and go back to the start point. That being said– you may find out that you can run longer than you think as long as you start out slowly. My suggestions: Run with our slower runners and turn at cross street, if possible, bring a friend that runs at your speed/distance, continue to run on the treadmill especially during this cold weather. Be sure to introduce yourself to me, Ryan, and James (the leaders of the group) when you arrive. Welcome!

  13. Had a great time running with all of you 2 weeks ago! Looking forward to joining you again this week!

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  15. adam says:

    sounds like a good club. i’ve been thinking about getting into running but it’s a little intimidating to get started. starting with a club would probably be best, just not sure if i could keep up

  16. kr27734 says:

    Just moved to the area and am looking forward to joining you all this coming Monday!

  17. fivestrong4 says:

    I’m as green as they come, with regards to running, however my trainer says, “in order to take my workout to the next level, I need to start running.” So here I am. Anyone else a “rookie runner?”

  18. fivestrong4 says:

    I am as green as they come, with regards to running, but my trainer says i need to run in order to take my workout to the next level. Anyone else a “rookie runner?”

  19. How rookie are you? If you’re more a walk-jogger, we recommend that you come with a friend at about that pace. Once you move up to 9 minute miles, you’ll have lots of company.

  20. Ryan Dobbins says:

    I’m finally finishing up school so and I am a runner, I ran the BMORE Full last Oct. So I am interested in joining a few runs later in the summer. Is it always the same path (i.e. distance)? It appears that the 8:30 pace should fit well with the group? Thanks

  21. Ryan, you’ll be a great fit. As for the distance, that varies. We all run approximately the same route but the faster runners add some extra distance so we all finish at about the same time. We do one main route in the summer (avoiding the inner harbor– too crowded) and then do the harbor route the rest of the year.

  22. Danielle D says:

    Does this group only meet on Mondays? I’ll be moving to the city soon for grad school and once classes start i won’t be able to join Monday runs 😦

  23. Danielle- Yes, we only meet on Mondays. There are other groups in the city though that meet other days. Charm City Run in McHenry Row does wednesday runs and has a marathon training group.

  24. this looks/sounds perfect. see you guys tomorrow I hope?

  25. Clyde-see you tomorrow at 6:30pm. Be sure to introduce yourself to the leaders which will be James, Ryan, and myself. A

  26. Jimena Perez says:

    coming out for my first run tonight! I am very excited to meet the group. do you have people running at an 8:30/9 min mile pace?

  27. Leah says:

    Hey guys- I haven’t been able to make it out on Mondays in a few weeks, but I do recall there being mention of a long run in Patterson Park this Saturday (9/21). I was wondering if someone could pass along a bit more info (start time, meetup location, specified routes/distances)? Thanks!

  28. Nick says:

    Hey Guys,
    Are you guys still doing this? I would love to join you one evening. If you’re looking for more community and workouts there is a group working out on Federal Hill every Wednesday morning, 6:30 AM. We meet by the cannon and workout hard for about an hour, then we all go to work. It’s pretty crazy, lots of sweaty bear hugs, cussing, yelling and high fiving. Just thought some people might be interested.
    Check out the facebook page. We’re not just a running club however so some members were asking about running clubs; I thought I might inquire as to whether or not you guys were still running on Monday evenings.


  29. Leeza says:

    Is anyone running tomorrow? Just wondering since it’s still the holiday season.
    Thank you.

  30. Hi, I am an Oregonian runner and am visiting Baltimore for a few days this week and was wondering if there was a group to run with in the mornings near the Harbor/Convention Center. Such a thing exist? Hoping to brave cold temps and see some of the city vs. run the hotel treadmill the whole time. Any info is appreciated.

  31. nelson says:

    are you guys meeting today?

  32. I love running, but I hate running alone and this is a great way to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Thank you for putting up the site and I will be out for my first run tonight.

  33. Jim McGirr says:

    Asking for some help: I have just moved to Rosedale and am looking for a running store in this area. Any suggestions are appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.

  34. Judson Grimes says:

    I wanted to know how I can join.

  35. Phylicia says:

    Hey Susan! I’m also a recent Baltimorian. Although I’ve been running for years, I’m out if shape! I’m a med pace runner. I’m going to try and bring a friends in case everyone’s faster than me lol

  36. B-Moore says:

    I’M going to try to make it to this run on Monday. Ruining without my phone will be a new/scary experience.

  37. Rick Hunter says:

    Do you still have your Monday evening runs? The last post was a year ago, so I’m just making sure.

  38. Heather says:

    Hi! I’m Heather, a traveling nurse originally from Missouri. Just took an assignment at Bayview Hospital and will be living in the area for at least the first month. I enjoy any type of outdoor activity and hope to join you all for a run once I get in town (8/11)! Can’t wait 🙂

  39. Melissa Hawkes says:

    Is there an e-mail contact?

  40. Slowpoke Andrew says:

    Is there a “floor” to the pace that can run with the Fed Hill runners? Say, for slow-slow-slow-slow runners – 12 minute miles on a treadmill, maybe 12:30 – 13 minutes on pavement?

  41. Mike says:

    I just moved to this area two weeks ago. I would love to join you ASAP. Is this schedule on for the coming Monday ( labor Day) ?

  42. Jordan says:


    I would like to be added to the Monday newsletter.


  43. antonio pea says:

    hi, i have just moved in Baltimore. I’ve been very happy to find this group because i don’t know where is possible to run in the city. Is there anyone who is still training in these days? I hope to see you soon. Antonio (from Italy)

  44. Debbie says:


  45. Rodney says:

    I see that the las comment here is from 2013. Are you all still active? And if so, are you still running this time of year?

  46. shamikah Harrison says:

    Do you still have the classes and is there one today.I would love to join.

  47. Bill says:

    hello is this still being done?

  48. Melissa says:

    I will be in town for a conference in a couple of weeks and would love to join in on this run. Do you allow out of towers to participate?

  49. angus cole says:

    I will be there this Monday,as well where is the Fed hill fitness center and what time.

  50. Sean says:

    Hey I just moved into town and I actually don’t run that much, but I do love doing claisthenics/street workout. Do you guys know anywhere near the Federal Hill area where I can do this sort of working out? I’m thinking more of a public open space.
    Thanks for your help 🙂

    • runbaltimore says:

      Hey Sean – apologies for the months-too-late response. I trust by now that you’ve probably found a couple of places, but if you’re still looking for a place, there’s some great open spaces at Fed Hill Park, Riverside Park, and down by Under Armour headquarters in Locust Point!

  51. Deb Hicks says:

    Hi new to the area and I am a competitive marathon runner/Boston qualifier and looking for a running group but can only run in AM because of work. Does your running group have AM runs during the week?

    Deb Hicks

    • runbaltimore says:

      Hi Deb – my apologies for the months-late response. If you’re still in the area and looking for morning run groups, shoot me a message at runbaltimore at gmail dot com and I’ll point you in the right direction.

  52. zelbel2015 says:

    Hi? Are you guys still doing runs? I just moved here last week 🙂

  53. zelbel2015 says:


    Will you guys be doing a run tonight?

  54. Anthony McCray says:

    I am a highschool senior and my colleague showed me this site because I told her I wanted to join a running club so I can get better at running. I read this clubs info and I would like to join the team? Where do I sign up? And is there a entry fee ?

    • runbaltimore says:

      Hey Anthony – sorry for the very, very delayed response. If you’re still around, all you have to do is show up on Mondays, ready to run at 6:30pm. No sign up, no entry fee. We run between 4 and 6 miles and the paces vary from under 7 minutes per mile to about 10.

  55. Jamie DiBerardinis says:

    Hello there,
    I’ve been wanting to find a group like this! Do you need to be a member of Federal Hill Fitness to join? If not, is it still 6:30 every Monday throughout the winter months as well?

    • runbaltimore says:

      Hi Jamie – obviously a little late in response, but we meet every Monday throughout the entire year, regardless of weather, at 6:30pm. And while we encourage everyone in the area to join the gym, it’s not a requirement to run with the group!

  56. marcia bromery says:

    Do you still meet as indicated above. I noticed that the feed is a little dated, not sure if this is still a working run group

  57. Are you folks still doing the run Monday nights?

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