Why you Should Checkout Moms Run this Town

Why you Should Checkout Moms Run this Town

Women are busy, and moms have the added challenge of needing to work around not only their own schedule, but their kids schedules as well. It can be a challenge to fit in time to stay active or be social. This is where Moms RUN This Town (MRTT) comes in!

MRTT was created in 2011 by two moms in Georgia. It started out as one local chapter, but within a couple of months they were nearing 100 chapters nationwide. Three years later and MRTT is approaching 1,000 chapters nationwide as well as in Canada. Most recently, chapters have even popped up in Germany and Japan!

1000 Chapters in 3 Years – Wow!

Obviously there is something special about MRTT for that kind of growth to have happened so quickly…so what is so special? What makes MRTT so unique?

First of all – it is free. There are no registration fees, no membership dues. All you need to become a member is to request to join your local chapter’s closed, private Facebook page. Second of all, MRTT has a gigantic network of moms via social media, providing for an incredible support system, not just locally but nationally!

If you’re wondering how to fit your run in on vacation, or what a good route would be in the area, there’s help! There is a good chance you can look up a chapter near your destination and get in touch with the local running mamas to help you out and make it easier!

How Active is It?

Extremely! This does vary from location to location, as it is left open to each leader how they want to run their chapter. Some leaders find their members prefer to utilize their Facebook page for running chat, sharing tips, talking about races, etc.

Others find their members talk among themselves to identify individual running buddies. Some find they have members who crave a lot of activity, like frequent group runs, sponsored events at local businesses, fitness challenges, and social outings.

It’s an extremely flexible and member-driven group – ideal for a busy mom. Any woman who joins can choose to participate at whatever level is comfortable for them. Bonus – no money is lost if someone decides it’s not for them, or that they prefer to be inspired from behind the computer screen for a while before venturing out with the group.

Moms Run This Town is An Inclusive Group

What if a woman would like to start running but has no idea where to start?

What if you don’t have kids?

What if you have weight to lose?

MRTT has women of all ages, backgrounds, and fitness levels. MRTT welcomes pet moms, future moms, or really any woman who can spell M-O-M. The ultimate point is for women to have a fun, social place where they receive inspiration and motivation to meet their individual goals, from jogging for a minute straight to training for your first…or tenth…marathon. No matter where you fall within that spectrum, there is a place for you.

MRTT Minnesota Chapters

MRTT has several chapters in Minnesota, including some very active ones in:

  • Champlin/Maple Grove
  • Otsego/Elk River/Rogers
  • St. Louis Park/Golden Valley
  • Savage/Burnsville
  • St. Cloud
  • Minneapolis
  • Mankato
  • Duluth

Find a local chapter near you! You can also search for “Moms Run This Town – Minnesota” on Facebook and ask for assistance with finding a nearby chapter. If there is not a close chapter, consider starting one. It’s free, easy, fun, and flexible.

MRTT motto: “Free to join, but the encouragement and motivation you will receive is PRICELESS”.

Are you part of MRTT?

What has been your experience? Leave your feedback in the comments below!

Kandi Ganoe

Chapter Leader at Moms Run This Town
Kandi is a working mom of 2 beautiful little girls and also a grad student. After a lifetime of being overweight, she finally made a permanent change and lost 90 pounds. During that (very long) journey, she discovered a love for running and never looked back! She loves spending time with family, reading, playing Scrabble, fishing, swimming, and wine.

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  • Amy Nixon

    Thanks for the MRTT shout-out! I’m the Minneapolis chapter leader. I post group runs at Lake Nokomis on Sundays. My chapter is slowly growing (3-6 ladies depending on schedules). I welcome all abilities! I try to buddy you up with someone at your pace. I have some run/walkers in the group. You don’t have to be a mom. Come for the support, conversation and burn off some stress! Happy running!

    • frenat

      That’s awesome Amy!

  • Kandi Ganoe

    I am one of the leaders for the Champlin/Maple Grove Chapter. I have lived in Maple Grove for 1.5 years but previously lived in Duluth, where I was a leader for that chapter as well. MRTT has brought me SO much…amazing new friends, unparalleled support, motivation, inspiration, and tons of fun!

    In Champlin/Maple Grove, we typically have at least 3 regularly scheduled group runs per week throughout the summer (Tuesday, Thursday, and a weekend morning), along with several short-notice runs posted by members at various times as well. We have 275 members and participation at any one run ranges from 3 to 20+ (Thursday evenings in the summer are typically the biggest groups and often include people going anywhere from walking, or 12+ min/miles, to 8 min/mi). We do other events like girls night out, special shopping days at a local running store, fitness challenges, and virtual runs (complete with medals) 2x/yr through MRTT nationally. Any women in or near the Maple Grove area is encouraged to join in the fun!!!