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Frequently Asked Questions
The Woodlands Running Club Frequently Asked Questions
>How can I join the club?
For new members, click on the "Join or Renew" tab at the top of the website and follow the instructions.
>Can I run with the club without joining first?
Yes. You do not have to be a member to join in on the open runs. The largest runs are the group runs on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Check out the “Open Runs” tab for more details.
>I am visiting from out of town; can I run with the club?
Yes. You do not have to be a member to join in on the open runs. The largest runs are the group runs on Saturday and Sunday mornings. We have had people from Houston, other parts of Texas, other states and even other countries join us for a run. Check out the “Open Runs” tab for more details.
>Does the club offer formal training or coaching?
No formal training except for the “TWRC Juniors Running Program”. TWRC is a club, not a training program like “Woodlands Fit” or a paid coaching program. Several of our members also train with a coach or other formal training program.
>Do you have to be fast to join?
No. Our members run the gamut on fitness and speed levels. Yes, the club has some sub 3 hour marathoners but most are not that fast. There are some that run 5-6+ hours marathons and some that have never run a marathon and have no desire to.
>How large is the club?
About 200-300+ members with 50-100 that actively run with the either the Saturday or Sunday morning groups.
>Do you have to live in the Woodlands to be a member?
>Does the club travel to races?
Not formally. Over the years, small groups of members have traveled to marathons, half marathons and trail runs together. Since 2008, there has been several larger but still loosely organized fall group marathon trips (New York 2008 and 2009, Chicago 2010, Berlin 2011, San Francisco 2011, Marine Corps 2012, London 2013, Las Vegas 2013 & Philly 2014) and we are planning on going to Victoria, Canada for the Fall 2015 trip.
>What distances do the club members run?
Saturday and Sunday group runs are usually between 6-12 miles but some do more and some do less. In terms of races, some members do not race while others run 100 milers or are working on running a marathon in every state.
>Can I join if I have never run before or new to running?
>Should I carry water for the long runs?
It is up to you, some carry water and some do not. In the summer, it is very hot and humid. While we try to run routes that pass water-fountains, you may need water more often. In warm weather, be safe and bring water with you at least until you have run the routes a few times.
>How long is a club membership good for?
Club dues are for a single fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) without prorating. That said, if you join after April 1st, your dues would include the current and next fiscal year. For example, if you join May 3rd 2015, you will be considered a member for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
>What is the club's address?
The club does not have a physical address but letters can be sent to: The Woodlands Running Club, P.O. Box 130105, The Woodlands, TX 77393. (NOTE: This is a new P.O. Box number as of 1/11/16)
>What are the benefits to joining?
Organized group runs
Destination marathon travel
Running with like-minded runners
>How do I learn more about the club?
The best way is to check out the website and then join us for a Saturday or Sunday run. If you have specific questions, please use the website contact form.
>How much does the club cost to join?
For the 2014-2015 year, the cost is $21 for an Individual or $26 for a Family membership. Additional membership details can be found under Information > About or Information > Join or Renew.
>I joined The Woodlands Running Club (TWRC) Facebook group, am I a member of the club?
Information for Existing Members
>How do I know when information is posted or changed on the website?
Do you wish to receive periodic e-mails when new content is posted? To enable this: Login, scroll down to your name, click on “My account” > Notification tab > Enable “Notify status” and under Detailed Settings, adjust as needed and then click “Save settings”
>Can I renew online?
Yes. Login in first and then click on the "Join or Renew" tab at the top of the website.
>Can my spouse have a TWRC website account as well?
Yes. For family memberships, The Woodlands Running Club allows one “spouse” website account in addition to the primary account. If you sign up for a family membership, you will receive a TWRC “spouse” coupon code in a follow-up email (Much like the HARRA membership process). You can (but do not have to) use this one-time code to register your spouse or other family member. This code is unique to your membership order and is non-transferable outside your family. If you decide to use this code, your spouse MUST "order" the free membership using their email address in order to have it applied to their account.
>Does the TWRC website offer any other news?
Yes, the site currently has four RSS news feeds on the front page. Just scroll down and you will find the “Houston Chronicle's Running Notebook”