Run free at Washington, Boston, Philadelphia and New York Sports Clubs

Head indoors when the temperature is above 90 degrees for a free workout at any Washington, Boston, Philadelphia or New York Sports Club. Photo: Treadmill Run-U.S. Navy

NEW YORK, July 18, 2013—Runners along the East Coast have been treated to a lingering heat wave with temperatures in the high 90s and heat index values in the 100s. With heat warnings and heat advisories across large sections of the U.S., running outside isn’t always the safest option.

New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Philadelphia Sports Clubs and Washington Sports Clubs are opening their doors to everyone for free workouts any time the temperature is above 90 degrees. The program begins July 18 and will run through August 31, 2013 courtesy of club owner Town Sports International. With locations in seven states and Washington, D.C., millions of runners who don’t already belong to gyms could enjoy a few air-conditioned runs.

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“When the temperature reaches over 90 degrees, it is not safe for people to work up a sweat outside,” said Chris Ruta, Vice President of Fitness at New York Sports Clubs. “We are opening our doors to allow people to enjoy the A/C and stay safe while working out in the summer heat.”

The public can use the clubs all operating hours except Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for any kind of workout. Mention “heat wave promotion” at the front desk of any Washington, New York, Philadelphia or Boston Sports Clubs location.

New York Sports Clubs have 108 gyms throughout New York City and the metro area including Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut. Boston Sports Clubs have 25 branches in Boston, the Boston suburbs and Rhode Island. Washington Sports Clubs offer workouts at 17 locations in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Philadelphia Sports Clubs have six gyms in Philadelphia and the greater Philadelphia area.

Some running experts, including Runner’s World’s Jenny Hadfield, suggest that indoor workouts are better than sweating in sweltering heat. But runners who don’t belong to a gym or don’t own a treadmill don’t have many other options.

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But for the next month and a half, runners can hit the treadmill instead of the hot pavement anytime the temperature is above 90. Or they can opt for a cross-training session in the pool, on the bike, in the gym or in the yoga studio.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and must show photo ID. Visit for more information or to find a club near you.

Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ show about running. She has finished six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

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Karla Bruning

Karla Bruning is the host of On The Run, a TV and web show from New York Road Runners. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, American Athlete Magazine,,, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, and two dozen other outlets including ESPN2, Universal Sports and ABC in New York. She and her work have also received mentions from The New York Times, Runner's World, Fox Sports, Canadian Running, The Baltimore Sun, and PBS among others. She also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for The Washington Times.


A former Newsweek reporter, Karla has won a Fulbright scholarship for American journalists and reporting grants from the Scripps Howard, Carnegie and Knight Foundations. Karla holds degrees from Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


When not pounding the pavement as a reporter, Karla is pounding the pavement as a runner. She has completed seven marathons, four triathlons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. She is a writer, editor, and on-camera reporter dedicated to covering the sport of running from a runner’s perspective. Find Karla on, Twitter@KBruning, Facebook and Google+.

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