Wednesday Evening Runs
The Wednesday Night Run is our central club event. The Raritan Valley Road Runners have met weekly since 1983 for an unbroken streak of consecutive Wednesday night runs! We have not missed a run for weather, holidays, or any other occasion. Come join us at 6:30 p.m in one of two locations depending on the time of year (listed below).
From September to May, the Wednesday Night Club Run Meets at The Reformed Church of Highland Park at 19 South 2nd Avenue in Highland Park. We begin running promptly at 6:30pm. Arrive before 6:30. Here is a map of the Church and the parking lot. The meeting room is not actually in the church, an old stone structure, but in a modern building behind the church. You may not see it from the street on South 2nd – follow the walkway around the right side of the church building to the entrance. There is also a large parking lot behind the church. You can park free on South 2nd Avenue, or enter the parking lot from Magnolia Street (between 2nd and 3rd Ave) and enter the building from there. There are bathrooms for changing and water fountains.
Please make it a point to be especially flexible and courteous to all users of the building. There are many meetings and classes taking place there: it’s a busy community center. The room is exceptionally well appointed. Please don’t track in dirt or sit on the cushioned furniture with sweaty clothes. Remember we are guests, so please treat the place as if it was your home – or better! There is no concern about your religious affiliation here – it is a very progressive church and nobody is going to try to convert you.
From the church, we usually run the course mapped to the left. The 7.5 mile option is displayed at left, but there are many club members who run more or less (the 5 mile route is also quite popular). During May and September we often run an out and back course through Johnson Park (called the Transition Course), or do other fun events such as a Guess Your Time run, run our course backwards, or have a scavenger run.
In June, July, and August, we meet at Grove 5 in Johnson Park, departing promptly at 6:30pm to run along the towpath or on the Busch campus, as we do on Saturday mornings. For more information about the route options on Wednesday nights during the summer, see our Saturday morning page, but please note: we ALWAYS meet at Grove 5 on Wednesday nights in the summer.
If you can’t join us for the run, join us to eat (and have a drink) after the run! The location varies check our Facebook page, or this Google Calendar for details. Once you join the club, you will receive a weekly e-blast with information about upcoming events and dinner locations.