Join National Running Day in a city near you

Celebrate National Running Day at one of 200 free events in more than 50 cities nationwide. Photo: National Running Day

NEW YORK, May 29, 2013—National Running Day is back on Wednesday, June 5. The annual event is a celebration of running as a simple and inexpensive way to stay active.

Runners and newcomers to the sport can participate in free events all over the U.S. Over 200 runs have been planned in more than 50 cities nationwide and in Canada.

In addition to group runs, some retailers are offering discounts and other promotions in conjunction with National Running Day. 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. FikesFarm is offering a free Runner’s Log for iPhone and iPad from June 3-5.

This year, National Running Day is also partnering with the One Fund Boston. Runners can donate $20 to the One Fund Boston by purchasing an “I Run For Boston Shirt” from New York Road Runners (a company I freelance for). The $20 cost of the shirt will be donated in full to the One Fund Boston, supporting those most affected by the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15. Or runners can donate to the fund directly.

National Running Day also encourages runners to celebrate by making a donation to any other charity that promotes running, like Back On My Feet or Achilles International.

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.

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 percent over the last year and 48 percent over the last decade.

To find a National Running Day event near you, visit

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, 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,,, 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, Twitter@KBruning, Facebook and Google+.

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