Our History

The Al Lawrence Running Club, USA  (ALRC) was established in 1987 by a group of interested runners who were being coached by Al Lawrence.  The club motto is "Non Laurus Luctatio", which translates to "not the prize but the struggle."  Our purpose is to foster competitive and recreational running among our club members and within our community.  We welcome anyone who enjoys the camaraderie of competition at any level.   Al currently coaches many Houston area runners ranging from elite to back-of-the-packers.  Today the club still has a number of members who receive professional independent coaching from Al, but that certainly is not a requirement for membership in the Al Lawrence Running Club.

Al competed for Australia in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games in the 5000 meters, 10,000 meters and the marathon, winning a bronze medal in the 10,000 meters in 1956. For more of Al's sporting honors, please visit his website



Al Lawrence, 1978,  out for an easy run on Allen Parkway, Houston.

The ALRC is very active in the running community, organizing and volunteering at races as well as running in them.  We are also active members of HARRA (Houston Area Road Runners Association).  Club members are encouraged to join HARRA and compete on the ALRC teams in the HARRA road races and relays to earn points in the club competition as well as individual Runner of the Season standings.

The ALRC  co-hosts the Bellaire Trolley Run 5k with the City of Bellaire Recreation Center.  The Trolley run has served as the HARRA 5K Championship since ALRC's involvement began in 1996.  A portion of the funds raised by our club races is contributed each year to promote running among disadvantaged young people or youth that show an interest in the sport of running in the Greater Houston Area.

In addition to social events, the club holds an annual Awards Banquet in the Summer and an annual Holiday Party in December.  Board meetings are monthly.    We are composed of over 70 members of all levels and distance preferences.   Dues are $20.00 per year for individuals and $25.00 for families.  The ALRC is a family oriented organization with members ranging in age from infant to 93+ years.  We'd love to have you join us!







I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2Timothy4:7

Our Beloved Coach Al lost his courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer on May 15, 2017.   Our hearts are broken.




Our Races

Calendar/Race Results


Coach Al Training


April 8, 2017

Results 2017
















Award Winners and P.R.s at the IKEA 30K. December 2016