Wicked Group Runs

Join Us for a Weekly Run and “Get Caught Running” With the Wicked Running Club!

Wicked Running Club members run at different paces so no matter your level, there is always someone in the pack running at your speed!

Monday at 6:30 p.m. (Please note change of start location!)

From Annie Miller:

For the winter, Monday night runs (aka slowest runner sets the pace) will now be held in Beverly at the Cummings Center. The run still starts at 6:30pm. It is well lit there and when it snows it will be plowed — that’s a huge perk. Meet on the right side of the front parking lot by the parking garage (look for the flashing head lights to the right by the parking garage). A loop around the parking lot is 1 full mile so we could complete 3 to get a 5K. We hope you will continue to join us!

Tuesday/Thursday at 5:30 a.m.

Rain or shine, Wicked members meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:30 am (departing around 5:35) next to the Front Street parking lot (free parking till 8 am) for a five mile run that rounds Salem Common, the Willows, Juniper Point, and Winter Island. The intended pace is “conversational” with the option to go off the front or hang back as training plans dictate.

Folks gather near 6 Front Street (either side) prior to departure, the main group usually finish around 6:20 am.

Route details:

  • Front Street to Hawthorne Boulevard
  • Around the Common to Andrew Street and out Collins Cove
  • Along Collins Cove onto Memorial Drive
  • Up Memorial Drive, past Camp Naumkeag and around the Willows
  • Around Juniper Point and out to Winter Island back to Fort Avenue
  • Down Derby to Central Street and back to Front Street

Thursday at 6:45 p.m.

“No Rest for the Wicked” (a.k.a. NRFTW).  The route is about 3.1 miles and Wicked runners meet at the Salem Common entrance by the Hawthorne Hotel. They meet rain or shine, provided there are no municipal/governmental storm warnings in effect requesting people to stay at home.

Route details:

  • Salem Common to Little Hawthorne Blvd.
  • A left on Derby Street and partway into Juniper Point
  • A left on Lowell Street continuing through the Willows parking lot area
  • Left on Memorial Drive which eventually becomes Essex Street
  • Left onto Little Hawthorne Blvd.
  • Finishes at the corner of Little Hawthorne Blvd. and Derby Street by the Immaculate Conception parking lot

Check out the Facebook page!

Saturday at 8 a.m.

This is the group run that started them all! Each Saturday morning the club meets at Forest River Park and the distances and paces vary. Before the run, club info is give about upcoming events and members are welcome to plug any race that they might be running.

Various distances and paces on road and dirt path. Starts at Forest River Park, 98 West Avenue.

Email us: info@wickedrunningclub.com


Sunday at 9:15am

“Donut Worry Be Happy Sundays” is a fun four-mile scenic route through Salem – rain or shine. Runners meet at the Salem Commons entrance by the Hawthorne Hotel (in case of rain – under the hotel canopy). We welcome all paces and abilities! This is an untimed “you do you” run – feel free to stay with the group, cut the route short, make the route longer, do a tempo run, walk/run etc. The most important thing to keep in mind if you get separated from the pack, is to join us at In A Pig’s Eye at 10am for “refueling.” (Beer, bloodies, pancakes… this run is just a clever ruse to make unwise dietary decisions and socialize with your fellow runners).

(Um, so what’s the deal with the donuts? We used to meet up at 62 when they had a home-made donut and cocktail bar on Sundays. Sadly, that no longer exits – but we kept the name out of convenience/laziness. And of course, the “spirit of the donut” lives on in all of us).

Here is a link to the course:

Check out the Facebook page!


Route details:

  • Head through the Salem Commons and onto Andrew St
  • Cross Webb St and head onto the bike/pedestrian path along Collins Cove
  • Continue onto Szeteka Ln/Memorial Dr
  • Continue onto Restaurant Row (past Dead Horse Beach) and take the pedestrian path around Willows Park
  • Exit Willows Park onto Beach Ave
  • Turn left onto Bay View Ave
  • Turn left onto Columbus Ave
  • Continue down Fort Ave
  • Continue onto Derby St
  • Turn left into the Salem Maritime Park entrance
  • Head to the lighthouse, turn around to come back and end at the Friendship for 4.0miles.  (Or you can just stop at the Friendship for 3.5miles)

11 Responses to “Wicked Group Runs”

  • How long are the Saturday runs?

  • Trying to get ready for my first half marathon May 29th. Is there anyone doing the run to remember? I am gong to try and join a few of your 5:30 am runs.

  • Hi
    Are you having a 1/2 marathon training program this year? I’d like to do the 1/2 in providence in august, but not sure if i’m ready. the longest distance i’ve run is 7 miles. thanks

  • Hi Melissa,

    The 8 Week Spring Running Clinic (Session 2) is starting this week!

    Thursdays (6:30pm) 5/19 – 7/7
    Cost is $75 ($65 for Wicked Running Club Members)
    Ideal for ALL levels and will focus on events from 5k-1/2 marathon

    More info at: http://wickedrunningclub.com/2011-running-clinics-schedule/#more-6736

  • are interested runners allowed to tag along on any of these group runs? or is it strict membership only? I run daily in salem and have been looking for a group! Thanks!

    • Hi Erin,

      We welcome anyone in the running community that would like to check us out. Hopefully we will see you soon! Thanks!

  • I’m a beginner and so have been hesitant to join. Are there any beginner/novice runners in the group. I am shooting for my first 5K this spring and would love some encouragement/motivation.

  • Do you have groups that go longer on Saturdays; say 15-20 miles? Also, is your run self-supported or are there water stops?

    • Hi Shaun,

      We have runners doing all kinds of distances on Saturdays and a lot of members will also prearrange longer runs if they are training for something in particular. In our weekly “Circle of Love” on Saturday mornings we give people the opportunity to mention things like that so you could always hook up with someone and arrange a run. Our runs are always self-supported. Hope to see you out there with us some Saturday!

      Wicked Membership Director

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