Reach Out

If you'd like to get in touch, for any reason, please email our club email!

You can also join our mailing list here: (press “Ask to join group”). If you don't have a Harvard email, please introduce yourself.



We’re a group of Harvard affiliates who love to run and have fun together. We have practice five days a week with a variety of running routes and workouts. All paces and distances are welcome, and we love to welcome both new and experienced runners. All practices and races are optional, but we love to see everyone's smiling faces at name circle!


HCRC races too! We attend NIRCA (intercollegiate club running) cross country races in the fall and track meets in the spring, along with some distance and trail races!

Fall — Cross Country

In the fall we spend our weekends traveling all over the Northeast admiring the beautiful fall colors and competing in cross country races. We attend club meets at BC, Brown, and UConn and race against club teams from the entire Northeast. We also host our home cross country meet in October!

Spring — Track

In February we host a giant indoor track meet at the Harvard indoor track. We also attend track meets at MIT, Tufts, and others. In the winter months we focus on not letting the cold get us down.

Distance Races

We attend the TARC fall and spring classic, which are distance trail races near Boston with distances ranging from 10K to 50 miles.
We also attend a half marathon in the late fall, usually at Newburyport MA!


Board game nights, team dinners, parties, mixers, ice cream runs, sushi runs — running club is so much more than just running.

Fall Retreat

Every fall we spend a weekend at a cabin in New Hampshire where we run/hike beautiful New England mountains, cook a giant pasta dinner, and sing Taylor Swift karaoke.


HCRC is open to all Harvard affiliates. You do not need to be a member to run with us. Members have their race fees covered, get our super awesome t-shirt, and can rep Harvard with our racing singlets. All you need to become a member is $30 per semester or $50 per year, the ability to find the MAC steps, and the heart of a gazelle. We also offer no-questions-asked financial aid!


When is the first day of practice?

First day of practice for the Fall 2023 semester is Tuesday, September 5th at 4:45pm at the Malkin Athletic Center steps.

Where, when, and how fast do you run?

We run year-round in greater Boston (Charles River, Fresh Pond, Tufts, Downtown, etc). We meet Mondays through Fridays on the Malkin Athletic Center steps at 4:45pm (3:15pm during the winter). All paces are welcome, and there will likely be someone there who is running your pace!

Does HCRC have a schedule for practices?

Yes, although it is very loose. Mondays and Wednesdays are generally longer, slower runs. On Tuesday there is an optional track/interval/hills workout, and on Thursday we always go to Fresh Pond (we ♥ Fresh Pond). We finish off the week with Fun Friday (chaos runs, Strava art, tag by the river, or running to free ice cream)!

Is there a mailing list?

Yes! You can join it here: (press “Ask to join group”). If you don't have a Harvard email, please introduce yourself.

Does HCRC have social media page?

We're run-fluencers! Check out our instagram @hcrcinsta or our Facebook page, and throw us a like!

Why are there no jokes on this page?

Look at the url of this page. Ha! Madest thou look! So endeth the trick.


The Board

Lillian Petersen '24 President
Lillian is a senior from New Mexico concentrating in Applied Math with a secondary in Running. She loves mountains, the Quad, and running along the Charles River at 4:45pm. Her goals as president are to continue to foster this amazing community of runners and to support the running club competing in occasional distance races such as half marathons.
Julian Handler '24 Vice-President
Julian is a senior who is concentrating in Integrative Biology and getting a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. In addition to running, he also enjoys making and listening to music, reading, and playing games with his friends and family. When he's not running at HCRC practices, you may find Julian playing the organ at Memorial Church or trying to organize a game of karuta, which he sees as a combination between bridge and XC.
Chloe Becker '25 Treasurer
Chloe is a junior in Currier from Cleveland, OH (!!!) studying History. When she’s not running down Garden St. to get to HCRC 5 minutes late, she is evading school work by picking up a random hobby or playing in a punk band (believe me, you’ve trusted your money in great hands).
McKenna McKrell '26 Social Chair
McKenna is a sophomore from Sacramento, CA who is planning on studying Classics. Besides running, she loves iced coffee, time spent with friends, and the Chantilly Cream Vanilla Bean Mini Sheet cake from Trader Joe’s.
Andrew Nober '25 Social Chair
Andrew is a junior studying something vague, like society. In his free time he enjoys meticulously recreating daily social interactions with figurines made of spoons and gazing longingly across the Atlantic, waiting for Keegan to return from war (Keegan is studying abroad). He was TIME’s 2006 Person of the Year.
Ben Ford '26 Track Captain & Race Coordinator
Ben is a sophomore from Cohasset, Massachusetts who plans on studying physics. He enjoys running, biking, and climbing the tallest pile of dirt and rocks he can find (usually in the White Mountains New Hampshire).
Jeffrey Yang '26 Gear Manager
Jeffrey is a sophomore studying something social-science-y! In his free time, you can find him running on river left, probably more often than river right, chasing the sunset.
Alan Wang '24 Head Men's Captain
Alan is a junior studying applied math. He enjoys spending the long summer days in the woods of MA, soaking in the splendid New England biodiversity.
Eden Fisher '25 Head Women's Captain
Eden is a junior in Currier studying Integrated Bio and Math. She likes trees, crocheting at the function, the color purple, puns, and HCRC practices centered around climbing trees. She does not like when it is cold but there is no snow.
Terry McCafferty '26 Men's Captain
Terry is a sophomore from Cleveland, OH (!!!!) studying either Hist and Lit, Gov, or Social Studies with a possible secondary in Econ. His random joys include Settlers of Catan, being outside, making to-do lists, playing hide-and-seek with his little cousins, and chocolate.


Go The Distance

We run in and around Cambridge, Sommerville, Boston, and sometimes beyond! Find some of our favorite routes below!

River Right

A classic, with several distance options, including the first bridge (2.3 miles), the second bridge (5 miles), the third bridge (6.5 miles), and as far as you want to go to Watertown and beyond!

River Left

Like river right, but to the left. Again, there are several bridges and many distance options, such as a classic route (6 miles), the Esplanade (8 miles), returning via Mass Ave (4 miles), and anything in between.

Fresh Pond

We love fresh pond. It's a Thursday ritual. One lap around is 7 miles, but you don't have to do a whole lap, or you can do as many laps as you choose.


Yes, there is a castle in the middle of Cambridge (3.5 miles).

Emerald Necklace

A continuation of river left. You can go really far. Here is a 15 mile example.

The Minuteman Trail

A historic path running from Sommerville to Lexington to Concord. Its great for long runs.

Sushi Run!

For special occasions :)

Boston Halloween Run

Costumes are required!

Boston Holiday Lights Run

'Tis the season to be jolly



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