Running or cycling doesn't have to be a solo endeavor. If you’re not one to embrace the loneliness of the long distance runner, check out one of these groups dedicated to bringing camaraderie and support to your jogging or biking routine. For more ways to keep fit in Shanghai, check out Shanghai’s sports teams and clubs here.
Shanghai Running Groups
Open to any age or level. Connect with other runners to team up or share trails, routes and runs. (happy2run.com)
A ladies-only running club that meets every Monday evening at Sprout Café. It’s a social jog along the river and back. All levels are welcome. (puxirun.wix.com)
Similar to Happy, this site (Chinese only, but not too hard to navigate) is frequently updated with upcoming runs and running groups. They also do photos for a lot of the big races around China, which you can purchase from them. (www.runff.com)
Runs for both fun and fitness, they organize a few meet-ups each week to accommodate different schedules. They also organize track trainings.(www.meetup.com/Urbantigers)
Shanghai Hash House
It’s like jogging, but with a good element of chase and plenty of beer. Typically, several speedy sprinters with devious nicknames like ‘Grassy Ass’ start off 15 minutes before the rest of the pack. Harriers give chase until the group eventually reaches the secret ending point where a celebration – usually lots of beer and food – await.
This hash group runs two Saturdays a month outside of Shanghai, where the air is just a little bit fresher. They charge RMB120/women and RMB150/ men, which includes a bus ride, dinner and drinks. (drunkendragonhhh.weebly.com)
The main Shanghai chapter for ‘the drinking club with a running problem,’ visit the website for the meeting point, which changes every week. RMB100 includes dinner, or RMB50 for just the run. (www.shanghai-h3.com)
Shanghai Cycling Groups
Get those wheels spinning! From urban sprawl to rural landscape, there’s a Shanghai cycling group that’s got you covered.
More for tourists or those who want to sightsee, ride with a group, the fam or plan a twowheeled adventure. Prices vary, starts at RMB300 for a half-day Shanghai tour. (www.chinacycletours.com)
Over 500 road cyclists and a number of competitive tri-athletes who schedule informal rides on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the weekends in both Puxi and Pudong. Check out Flying Hairy Legs' Yahoo Group for more information.
A club for mountain bikers which regularly schedules out-of-city cycling trips to places as close as Moganshan to as far away as Tibet. (www.mtb.com.cn)
A bike company that builds bespoke rides and holds regular events, including training camps movie nights and workshops. (wearefactoryfive.com)
Shanghai Triathlon Groups
Cycle, swim and run? This group organizes weekly practices to help you do it all.