Join one of these groups to have fun and get fit.
Five friends started the Jeddah Cyclist group as a shared hobby in 2011. It has since developed into an active non-profit organization that meets three times a week and participates in social awareness events. Anas Malaika, one the earliest members, says the multicultural group includes professional trainers and also offers equipment rentals. The group meets on Monday and Wednesday nights and on Friday early morning. To join the group, you can get in touch online or show up for a session.
Location: Meeting point behind Atallah Center
The J-Spinners started when Doaa Naeem and her husband Naif Shawli decided to start a cycling route. Once they started getting requests to join, they made an official group. What makes J-Spinners great is their family-centric approach. No matter your fitness level, you can join the group for free. The group meets twice a month, and the schedule is announced on their group’s Facebook page where people can sign up to register.
Location: Available to members
Jeddah Woman Cyclist
This group of active young women is fighting stereotypes about women’s cycling in the city. The group has a flexible schedule based on the member’s personal schedules. The cool thing is the group’s dedication, which pushes them to cycle weekly. Interested women can contact the group via their social media.
Location: Varies, available to members only.
Three friends who wanted to spread the running culture in Jeddah started Masafat, also known as the Jeddah Marathon group. The group offers three major training programs; the 5k, 10k and 21k marathons. The club is open to men of all ages and fitness levels who can sign up to become a member or enter specific marathon competitions. The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at the Tahlia Walkway at 6:45 p.m. The group hosts many competitions throughout the year, including races ranging from 4k to 42k and the ultra marathon. Participants are required to show up in flexible running clothes.
Yearly Membership Fees: SR 375
Bliss Run Team
The Bliss Run Team is a non-profit dedicated to educating women on walking and running. They meet for running sessions every Sunday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a professional trainer. They also collaborate with social organizations, like the Zahra Association, to raise awareness on healthy living and social issues. Rasha Al Jabri started the group with three other women, who all wanted to create a support group for women and teach them the proper way to run. She also believes that leading a fit life should be accessible to everyone.
Yearly Membership Fee: SR 300
Jeddah Running Collective
Nesreen Ghoneim is currently in charge of the Jeddah Running Collective, which was founded three years ago. The club meets every Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Monday at 6:45 p.m., and Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Sunday sessions are dedicated to women only, whereas the other days are for families. The multicultural group aims to promote active lifestyles by disregarding age and gender barriers and bringing the community together. Runners are required to bring water and wear comfortable clothes. Members are officially signed up after they’ve attended at least two or three sessions.