> can anyone send me contact information for road running clubs in los
> angeles? i'm just starting to train for distance running (i've only run
> above five miles a few times before) and would like to get hooked into
> some organization for information, advice, a source of training
> companions, etc.
> also, if anyone knows of a good running shoe store in los angeles with
> knowledgeable salespeople, i'd appreciate hearing about it.
> mark rubin
Check out Phidippides running store in Encino. The best in the LA area,
IMHO. I know at least one guy who is a grad student at UCLA and comes
over into the valley to get his shoes at Phidippides. The store is on
the north side of Ventura Blvd., just west of Hayvenhurst (behind the
Numero Uno Pizza Parlor). The sales guys there are *very*
knowledgableand will take all the time necessary to make sure you get
the right shoe. The store is open Tues-Sat, approx. 10-7, but call for
exact hours. They have a website too, with local running clubs listed.
The best club in West LA is the Santa Monica Track Club. Many elite
runners train with that club, but I've heard that the club is open to
the unwashed masses as well. The LA Roadrunners and the LA Leggers are
two very popular clubs which are oriented around training for the LA
Marathon. The Trail Runners Club holds weekly Sunday runs in the Santa
Monica Mts on trails and fireroads. They have a website too.
Unfortunately I don't have any of the urls for these sites, but you can
track them down with a little digging, I'm sure. Feel free to send me a
message directly if you'd like more info.