How do I join?
Sign up for the team by going to runarete.com/join or clicking “Join Now” on the front page.
What is the next step after I sign up for the team?
After you join, you will receive a welcome email that has all the information you need to get started, such as where to access workouts, launch parties, meet-ups, and more.
I hear you’re “intermediate” and “advanced.” Is there a time standard for joining the team?
No! However, Arete is probably not a good fit for beginner runners–not because we don’t think beginner runners are amazing (discovering running is the BEST EVER!), but because our niche is for runners with a strong background in running. We think there are so many amazing clubs for beginner runners, but we wanted to carve out a space for women runners with experience. You can always join us in the future
Arete may be a good fit for you if you are an experienced runner and you understand most running concepts. We support all paces. We also encourage women to show up to runs or races, and do what feels right for you. If you need to run ahead for a workout, awesome, we support you. If you need to drop back because the pace doesn’t feel right, that’s awesome, too.
Where do you have chapters?
Currently we have Arete Chapters in Colorado Springs, Midwest, Oakland & East Bay, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and Peninsula, Santa Cruz. We also have a Remote chapter that you can join from anywhere if you do not live near a local chapter. We are opening a new chapter in Washington, D.C this year. We consider opening new chapters if it’s a good fit, so feel free to reach out if you would like to open a chapter in your city.
What does it mean to be on the Remote chapter?
We created a Remote chapter for women to be part of the team who don’t live near a local chapter.You still get all the same perks as other members, and you can join a local meet-up or race when you’re in a city that has an Arete chapter! The Remote leaders and chapter members do a great job connecting and supporting each other, virtually and in person.
How often do we meet up to workout? To Race?
This all depends on your chapter.Most chapters have a consistent calendar of meet-up runs and events. When you sign-up, you can get in touch with your chapter leader to find out more about how the schedule works for your chapter.
Do you do anything else besides run?
Yes! We do race meet-ups throughout the year, local socials, all chapters meet-ups, virtual events, and we are planning a running camp for the summer of 2021.
*All these depend on Covid protocols in 2021
What are meet-ups like during Covid?
Great question! We follow all local Covid mandates, so check in with Mary or your chapter leaders to find out what your local chapter is doing.
Our goal is to keep you and everyone running in a way that is safe and healthy.
In addition, before attending an Arete meet-up of any kind, you must sign this Covid-10 liability waiver.
How do I access team workouts?
If you would like to do team workouts, there are various training plans available on the Final Surge app. Shortly after you join, you will receive a link to
Do you have workouts for different races and levels?
Yes, we have several different training plans, whether you are looking to just stay fit, return from injury or postpartum, train for a 5k, an ultramarathon, or anything in between.
ARETE COMMUNITY INCLUSION COMMITTEE (ACIC)
What steps are you taking to improve diversity and representation in the running community?
We are aware that Arete and much of the running industry is a majority white community, and we aim to better represent our diverse cities. In 2020, we formed the Arete Community Inclusion Committee (ACIC) where a couple dozen Arete members volunteer to meet monthly to put initiatives into action. In addition, we hired Tiffany Martin as our ACIC leader and Diversity and Inclusion consultant, and she helps lead thoughtful discussion and important action plans.
Can I join ACIC?
If you are interested in being part of the conversation and action steps and can commit to a once-a-month Zoom meeting, please email Mary.
STARTING a CHAPTER
I am on the Remote chapter, but I’d like to start my own chapter. What is the process?
If you are on a Remote chapter and realize you’d love to have Arete where you live, email us and we can get the process started.
How do I contact someone with more questions?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.