NEW YORK, June 5, 2012—National Running Day is Wednesday, June 6, and runners all over the country will celebrate the best way possible—by running. There are currently National Running Day meet-ups scheduled in 131 cities across the U.S. Join one of the many free events or group runs in a city near you.
In New York City, New York Road Runners is sponsoring senior walk-jogs in Brooklyn and Harlem, a Mighty Milers Fun Run at Icahn Stadium for 2,500 school children and a 12-hour relay run through Central Park featuring U.S. Olympic marathon team member Desiree Davila and acclaimed ultramarathoner Scott Jurek. RUN by Foot Locker is hosting a 4-mile group run and offering 20 percent off all merchandise in the entire store. Those are just a few of the hundreds of free events taking place all over the U.S.
National Running Day was created in 2009 to highlight running as an easy and affordable way to get people exercising. Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study predicting that 42 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030. National Running Day hopes to encourage runners and non-runners alike to make a commitment to their health through the joy of running.
National Running Day is a collaborative effort amongst running organizations in the U.S. including Atlanta Track Club, Boston Athletic Association, Chevron Houston Marathon, Chicago Area Runners Association, Competitor Group, Inc., Little Rock Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, New York Road Runners, Oregon Track Club, Running USA, Twin Cities In Motion, and USA Track & Field.
Karla Bruning is a veteran journalist and running nerd. She has completed four marathons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at RunKarlaRun.com, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.
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