Meet the people who keep us running.

Running is for Everyone

We believe that running is for everybody, no matter your age, size, shape or speed. We decide on running goals—anything from running 5K to a marathon—and support each other in achieving them. We encourage one another to be committed, not competitive. And we help each other become the runners we want to be. Together.

Running is Fun.

We’re a diverse community with members from all over the world. Our members share goals, experiences, stories and laughs. We’re all about good vibes, health and happiness. Oh, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Why run if it’s not fun?

Running is Extraordinary.

We love running. But what we really love is to surprise ourselves.  To step outside our comfort zone and discover something new. To challenge perceptions. To transform ourselves by taking the right actions and by surrounding ourselves with the right people. To do the extraordinary. And to inspire others to do the same.

Welcome to House of Running

We’re so glad you found us.
Now let’s go #doextraordinary.  Together.

Meet our founder

The woman who started it all.

House of Running was founded by Laurie Villarreal.  

Laurie has been a long distance runner since her early 20s. For years, Laurie couldn’t find her place among the groups of super-speedy or uber-competitive types. She believed that running could be fun, social and accessible to everyone, not just the super-serious and super-fit athletes.  She wanted to train with others who ran for health and didn’t take running too seriously–people who liked to run and have fun. She believed she wasn’t alone.  So when she couldn’t find her tribe, she decided to start her own.  A few years later, House of Running was born.  

Today, it’s a thriving international community of amazing runners.

Meet our team

The people who keep us running.

Our coaches and team have an infectious love for running and an innate ability to inspire, educate, and motivate each and every one of us. We think they’re awesome and we know you will too.





Meet our charities

Building stronger communities

We believe in building stronger communities for a better world.  We not only want to build this for our runners and aspiring-runners to realize their dreams, we also want to expand our help and support to build stronger communities worldwide.


Running has an extraordinary power to transform.  So let’s harness that power to better ourselves while bettering our world.


Going forward, we’ll be extending our love and support to local charities who touch our heart.  Each year we’ll choose a charity or charities and House of Running will support them by donating 5% of all membership fees.  Should you choose, members can also give additional support by making a donation at sign up or by raising money throughout training with our team charity page.

This year we chose Stichting Tegenkracht.


Stichting Tegenkracht is a Dutch organisation that helps individuals with cancer and cancer survivors meet their fitness goals both during and after treatment, including endurance sport goals such as competing in half marathons, marathons and triathlons. Tegenkracht’s vision is that by 2020 all cancer patients will have the opportunity to rehabilitate through sports.

We invite you to check them out and help with your support.

Join our team

Inspire a global community.

Do you believe running is fun, running is for everybody and that all runners are extraordinary?  Are you passionate about running and do you naturally inspire those around you to start running or take their running to the next level?  Do you want to be part of a fun, dynamic running community with an international vibe?

We’re looking for coaches, assistant coaches, and volunteers to help lead our running programs and community, both in person and online.  If you’re interested in joining us online or in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and you answered yes to all of the questions above, click the link below find our more and apply.

Want to bring House of Running to your town? 

Join us as a host and start your own local running community.  Click the link below to find out more and apply.

Ready to take your running to the next level?

Join our kick-ass community of inspiring runners and we’ll send you what you need to get started.

✓  Get a free copy of Run Smart: How to Prevent Injury, Get Fitter and Have More Fun Running.

✓  Learn the secrets to running injury-free

✓  Get insider tips to loving running and realizing big running dreams

✓  Get access to our private Facebook group for Coach Q&As and team inspiration

✓  Get free run-boosting workouts that help you see more progress and get results