New organization running to the top


Nov. 4, 2016

New organization running to the top

SAN DIEGO — A new club at San Diego State has sprinted its way into becoming an established organization on campus.

Running Club at SDSU was established this semester by its president, undeclared junior Nate Kling.

Kling said he first thought of the club over summer when he realized there wasn’t a group on campus for all types of runners, regardless of their financial status, experience in running and ability level.

“I think theres been demand for [a running club] for at least 20 or 30 years,” Kling said. “I think that starting this club has been something that has been needed on this campus for quite some time.”

Running Club welcomes runners of all levels, including those looking to run competitively or just for fitness, according to its Facebook page.

Kling said the lack of a men’s track team at SDSU especially increased the demand for the club.

“Since I did cross country during my high school years, it’s something I was looking to join,” SDSU student Jose Guzman said.

In less than a semester, the club has grown to about 15 active members.

“I think our biggest accomplishment is just the amount of people we’ve been able to get out there for our first semester,” Kling said.

The members range from all different levels of athletic ability.

“There’s plenty of people that enjoy it but aren’t necessarily looking to really run fast or anything,” Running Club member Noah Price said. “They’re just looking to get stronger.”

One of Kling’s goals for next semester is to attract more beginner-level runners. He is aiming to launch a program called Road to Running to help people with little running experience increase their ability through workouts designed to improve endurance, running form and comfort.

Currently all the Running Club members follow a program Kling created.

“The training program came from the result of my own research, primarily of this pretty famous running coach named Jack Daniels,” Kling said. “There’s a lot of research we’ve been drawing on.”

Running Club holds practice every day, Monday through Friday.

Every practice begins with a one-and-a-half mile run, Running Club member Dakota Ruiz said.

After the warm up comes the drill, which is something different everyday, as designed in Kling’s program.

“Some are long distances where we run to Lake Murray and then go around Lake Murray,” Ruiz said. “Others are short 400 sprints. It just kind of varies. We have our easy days and our hard days.”

Kling’s program is currently cross-country style training, but he is thinking of changing it to a half-marathon focused training next semester, he said.

Although members of the club aren’t necessarily training for a specific race, they have an event coming up this weekend.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, members of Running Club will be running at the third-annual SDSU Homecoming 5k Fun Run. The race will run from 9 to 11 a.m., according to the SDSU Homecoming website, and anyone is welcome to attend.

“I want to say at least 75 percent of the club is going to be out at this event,” Kling said. “Having the whole club together is big for us. We’re really excited about that.”

In addition to races, Kling’s ultimate goal is to make Running Club a social club as well.

“Social events is one of the biggest places where we’re looking to grow next semester,” Kling said.

The members end up building bonds, and that’s something important to the club, Kling said.

“Running is a sport you spend a fair bit of time with a core group of people, and it’s very conversational,” Price said. “When you go on a run, it’s really just an hour of talking to someone.”

“Honestly my favorite part is just going out and running with a bunch of my good friends,” Ruiz said.

Those interested in joining Running Club can like their Facebook page for updates and show up to practices every weekday at 4 p.m.

Running Club meets at the Exercise and Nutritional Sciences field every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and meets at the track every Tuesday and Thursday.

“Whether you’re running your first mile or your next marathon, you’ll be welcome at our club,” Kling said.


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