About the Empire Runners Club

Our mission is to foster a running community in Sonoma County inclusive of all ages and abilities. We do so by promoting health, spirited competition, and the joy of running in a social and supportive environment.

The Empire Runners Club was formed in 1975, during the early stages of the "running boom". Over the years the main focus of the club shifted from highly-competitive racing teams to local race sponsorship to social training group. Currently the Empire Runners Club encompasses all of those aspects of running with equal emphasis. While the majority of the most talented runners in Sonoma County are active club members, they make up only a small percentage of our total membership. Many members are racers of all levels of ability who take part in club-sponsored races, team competition and group training sessions. Others prefer the solitude of running alone, take part in the group sessions for social pleasures or simply wish to maintain fitness and health. Beginners join to learn more about racing, training and fitness and for the encouragement, support and motivation that a group can provide. Whatever the goal, all members share a common thread: the enjoyment of running.

The Empire Runners Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community service organization affiliated with both Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and the USA Track & Field's Pacific Association (PA/USATF).  Club members elect a Board of Directors which oversees the management of the club and holds monthly club meetings. The club's website (www.empirerunners.org) includes a monthly running news blog and a group training calendar and is the portal for registering for the club's numerous race events.  Club race competitions, except the Kenwood Footrace, are free for club members who register online by the published entry deadlines.

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