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 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 RunningDay.org.
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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