Celebrate National Running Day with free events, race discounts

Join National Running Day with free group runs, a Timex giveaway, Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon discounts and more. Photo: National Running Day Bella Szandelszky/AP

NEW YORK, June 5, 2013 — The 5th annual National Running Day is Wednesday, June 5. It’s a celebration of running as one of the simplest and most cost-efficient ways to stay active.

More than 50 million people run in the U.S. Of those, 28 million Americans say they run at least once a week, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association 2011 survey. It’s an increase of more than 7% over the last year and 48% over the last decade.

So why not get out there and celebrate that you’re one of them? Currently 300 group runs have been planned in more than 130 cities across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. To find a National Running Day event near you, visit RunningDay.org.

There are lots of other ways to celebrate National Running Day. Here are just a few:

Timex Sports Giveaway and Charity Drive

Timex Sports is celebrating National Running Day with a charity drive and Timex Ironman watch giveaway. Tweet or Instagram using #IMARUNNER and Timex will donate $5 for each eligible submission to the One Fund Boston, helping those most affected by the Boston Marathon attack, up to $15,000 total.

Timex is also giving away 60 Timex Ironman watches to runners who use the #IMARUNNER hashtag on National Running Day. For a chance to win, submit your running story on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #IMARUNNER on Wednesday, June 5. Runners can also enter by submitting a photo or story directly on the Timex Sports Facebook page #IMARUNNER tab. Winners will be selected at random. For the complete rules and regulations, click here.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series Discounts

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series is offering $20 discounts on most of their 2013 races in celebration of National Running Day. So if you’re thinking about rocking a Rock ‘N’ Roll race, National Running Day is the day to register. For a full listing of all the Rock ’N’ Roll races and their discounts, visit here.

In addition, Rock ‘N’ Roll is giving away prize packages every hour on the hour to a few randomly selected runners. Prizes include things like Brooks gift cards, Garmin Forerunner watches, Maui Jim sunglasses and more.

Other Competitor Group race series offering National Running Day registration discounts are Women’s Running Series, REI Muddy Buddy Events, TriRock Triathlon Series and Back to Football Run.

Other National Running Day 2013 Discounts and Promotions

RUN by Foot Locker in New York City is giving 20 percent off in-store purchases all day long, and hosting a Brooks Fun Run at 6:30 p.m.

Get a free Runner’s Log for iPhone and iPad from FikesFarm June 3-5.

For a full list of group runs, promotions and more, visit runningday.org  or www.facebook.com/runningday.

About National Running Day

National Running Day was founded in 2009 as a partnership of the country’s leading running organizations including Atlanta Track Club, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 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. It’s a celebration of running as a simple and inexpensive way to get moving and stay fit.

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 RunKarlaRun.com, 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, RunnersWorld.com, Active.com, 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 RunKarlaRun.com, Twitter@KBruning, Facebook and Google+.

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