Want to learn some more about the Belleville Running Club? Well, you’re in the right place. Please e-mail us should you need any additional information.
Where else can you find us?
Join Our Yahoo Group. We post times, dates, and locations of our group runs on a Yahoo Group. The Yahoo Group works essentially like a mailing list. If you would like to keep abreast of all goings on, sign up for the Yahoo Group.
Join our group on facebook or follow our facebook page. While we will try to forward pertinent posts from the Yahoo Group to the Facebook group, please join the Yahoo Group to guarantee you don’t miss anything.
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Join our group and look at our courses on Mapmyrun.com.
Join our group on Strava.com.
What is our purpose?
The Belleville Running Club, informally organized in 2005, was founded with the simple goal of trying to assemble like minded individuals (runners) to share the often mundane task of the “long run.” Over the years, the BRC has developed into quite a bit more. Although we have only recently become officially organized, many of us have formed some pretty good friendships while developing a civic-minded group that promotes and supports running in the Belleville area.
The official purpose of the BRC (per our bylaws) is to promote and encourage running as a sport and as a means of healthful exercise in our community; to promote and conduct races or other activities; to disseminate information through newsletters, flyers, presentations, meetings, and educational programs; and to offer opportunities for organized and informal socializing by members.
In addition to our group runs, we are one of the main organizers of the Belleville Main Street Marathon, which is held the last Saturday of September, and the St. Clair County Law Day Run 5K, which is held the last Saturday of April; annually enter teams in the 80-mile River to River Relay in Southern Illinois; participate in the city’s adopt-a-trail program; have participated in the Get Up and Go health campaign; and have a booth at Belleville’s Chili Cookoff.
Our membership ranges from beginning runners training for their first 5K to runners that have completed dozens of marathons.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hopefully this will answer most of your questions about the Belleville Running Club. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to e-mail us.
If you are a beginner runner and looking for the FAQ’s on the beginner’s program, please go to the beginner’s page.
Are there any water stops along your runs?
There are water fountains and restrooms at the Belleville MetroLink station and we always break for water at the end of each lap.
What if I’m a real slow/real fast runner?
Both are more than welcome! Our ultimate goal is to have a diverse group or runners who run a wide variety of paces.
Can I buy a BRC Shirt?
We open an online store two to three times a year for members to purchase BRC gear, which includes short- and long-sleeve T-shirts, singlets, and hoodies. We will notify members when the store is open via our Facebook page and through e-mail.
What if I don’t want to run a billion miles like some of you?
We typically run a 3-mile or 5-mile loop. Feel free to run as many or as few laps as you’d like.
Do I have to be a member to join the group runs?
No. We do encourage you to join if you find that you enjoy the club because you’ll get benefits such as discounted BRC merchandise, discounts on member friendly races, discount codes from our sponsors, and more!
How much does membership cost?
Please see our Join Now page for current prices and details on member benefits