I think that I have found my new favorite thing to do in Cleveland – community runs through Harness Cycle in Hingetown. For the longest time I’ve wanted to find a running group in downtown Cleveland. I love to run, but I’m not always motivated to get out there and go after a long day in the office. I figured that a running group would make me get my butt out of the apartment and maybe make some new friends along the way.
The community runs through Harness Cycle are exactly that. Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. a group of runners meet at the corner of Detroit and West 29th to run 3.5 miles. The run goes down West 25th street, over the Hope Memorial Bridge and back around to the Detroit Superior Bridge. It’s a great run, as it is challenging and doesn’t require you to stop for traffic lights hardly at all.
I didn’t know anyone there, but there is something wonderful about running with a group of people. It’s motivating and energizing to be around other people who share your passion for running. You find those runners that help keep you on pace and the runners that challenge you to run just a little faster. And, you are never really alone throughout the whole run. The runs are meant to be a way to unite the community. Fellow Clevelanders, who appreciate the city and all it has to offer, come together to run the city.
I am sad to report that this was my first actual visit to Hingetown. I’ve been hearing all about this up and coming area of Ohio City, but had been hibernating all winter and hadn’t found a good excuse to go check it out. Hingetown is a revitalized area of Ohio City that features a delicious coffee shop, a florist, tea shop and more, along with Harness Cycle.
Harness Cycle opened their doors in 2013. Their space is perfect – exposed brick with tire frames strategically placed throughout the reception area. I loved it the second I walked inside – simple and trendy. Their primary focus as you could guess, is cycling. They offer a variety of classes that help riders become stronger and healthier. I’m looking forward to giving cycling a chance with one of their upcoming classes, as I’ve never really taken a class like this before!
In addition to their cycling classes, they organize the Wednesday evening community run and community yoga on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. This is also free to the public, while reservations are required and fill up fast. I’m on the wait list this week, but hoping I can get into the class next Saturday!