Local brothers start running club

Two brothers are encouraging people to get off the couch and outside this season, for a good cause.

Trumbull resident Joe Zannino said he was never a runner, but it’s something his brother, Tony, encouraged him to try a year ago. He ran in a few local races.

“I did my first 5K and he was running for a while at that point but I was kind of slow and plodding,” Zannino said. “That’s how we came up with the name Thunder and Lightning — I’m the slow one and he’s the fast one.”

The Thunder and Lightning Running Club is a group for people of all athletic abilities, Zannino said. Some have even asked to come to the events and just walk. They sign up for 5Ks, 10Ks, and are working on half marathons and marathons.

“We consider ourselves a running club for all levels from beginner on up. Whether you’re as fast as lightning or slow as thunder you’re welcome in our club — hence the name,” Zannino said.

It also became a way for them to “put a little good back in the community,” Zannino said, raising money for good causes.

They’ve done the Hope for the Warriors Run in Shelton and a recent run for Sandy Hook. Now they are preparing for and recruiting new members for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Westport March 11.

They created a Facebook page and use it as a forum and to attract more people to join.

“We would love more people to join,” he said. “It doesn’t cost anything. We usually run the Trumbull trail or go on some neighborhood runs. We’ve done some running in Huntington.”

Zannino said he’s learned to love running, even if he isn’t the fastest around. It’s a love he’d like to share.

“We played a lot of team sports growing up, where we were competing against another team, but running is competing against yourself,” he said. “You’re not going out to win every race — you just want to do better than last time. You’re your own toughest competitor.”

Visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thunderandlightningrunningclub.