The Northern Virginia Running Club, affectionately known as NOVA by its members, has been a fixture in the DC area running community since the early 1970s. Some of NOVA’s current members have been around since the club’s inception, and have their ancient team jerseys to prove it. This loyalty is emblematic of the close-knit NOVA community, and the solid friendships that are formed through the club are often the reason many of the NOVA members keep coming back, year after year. A member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), NOVA welcomes runners of all levels and ages.
The club is a diverse group made up of local elite athletes, former collegiate competitors, top Masters runners, long time members, and new runners training for their first race. NOVA serves to fill an important niche in the running community for serious runners who seek to train under the guidance of a professional coach in the company of a friendly, welcoming community of dedicated runners, all of whom also recognize the importance of balancing running with full professional and personal lives.
Who We Are
Our mission is “To enhance our members enjoyment of the sport of running”
The Northern Virginia Running Club is a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and is governed by an elected Board of Directors, who are experienced runners.
The club is dedicated to promoting running and racing.
Members’ ages range from the teens through the 70s, with a variety of abilities and running backgrounds. Most members live in Alexandria and Arlington, but many live in other communities throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the District. People join NOVA because they have one thing in common: running. Some NOVA members are serious athletes and have been training and competing in races for decades, some have been working out with the club for a few years, while others are just starting out because they are interested in getting back into shape. Some members regularly participate in biathlons or triathlons, of which running is just one event. Others are hoping to complete and do well in at least one marathon, and then we have members who would not even consider doing any race longer than a 10k.
NOVA has all sorts of runners!
To meet this challenge we organize the club around specific running and social activities. These activities include Tuesday track workouts, monthly team happy hours, Thursday tempo runs, weekend long runs, other social events, an annual 5K, an End of Year catered team awards party, and team race participation. NOVA also has specific planned activities to keep people involved in volunteering in the community, including a twice yearly trail cleanup along our sponsored section of W&OD Trail. The NOVA Board of Directors have assigned roles in seeing that these particular activities are executed. To the degree that each of these activities become successful depends very much upon the level of participation we get from members.
How Do I Join?
The fastest and easiest way is to join online using the NOVA Membership Registration Portal which utilizes PayPal for secure online payment processing. If you join online, your membership will be processed within 2-4 days.
One Year – $50
Two year – $95
One Year – $75
Two Year – $140
Memberships are renewable on a rolling basis. Membership renewal will be due the same month of your original signup the previous year. The NOVA Membership Coordinator will send emails at the beginning of each month to those who need to renew. If you do not renew within that month, you will be (sadly!) removed from our newsletter distribution! Timely membership renewals are essential to maintaining fiscal stability for the club and for us to keep an accurate membership roster for our insurance and liability purposes.
Tuesday Track workouts will resume on Tuesday March 16, 2021. State and local COVID guidelines will be followed.
Francis C. Hammond Middle School
4646 Seminary Rd
Alexandria, VA 22304
Tempo workouts will resume on Thursday March 4, 2021. State and local COVID guidelines will be followed.
Join the mailing list for tempo locations.