June 3rd kicks off the inaugural National Running Day. Earlier this year, the
According to the website, partners for the event include Atlanta Track Club, Boston Athletic Association, Chevron Houston Marathon, Chicago Area Runners Association, San Diego's The Competitor Group, Global Athletics & Marketing, Little Rock Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, New York Road Runners, Oregon Track Club, Running USA, Boulder's Tempo Sports, Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. and USA Track & Field.
“Everyone can run. Thats the message of this day,” said New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. “As an industry, we know first hand how great running is. Millions of Americans have discovered that running is an easy way to feel better, look better, and live better.”
Runners can join in the National Running Day festivities by simply going for a run on June 3, then logging on to the national website and social media resources at runningday.org to download an “Im a Runner/I Ran Today” Facebook button, interact with other runners, and find complete information. Resources available on the site will include information on local community events with running clubs and retailers, course-mapping tools, training tips, and other running-related information.
“This is a day to celebrate the most universal of all sports,” said USA Track & Field CEO Doug Logan. “By taking National Running Day into the virtual realm of social networking, were doing even more to expand that universe. You might be running toward a goal, running with a purpose, or even just running away from your problems. Any reason is a good reason to run, especially on National Running Day.”
In a statement, New Balance said its Facebook fan page will include links to share with friends, banner highlights, and an “events” listing for National Running Day to encourage runners to share the day with their friends. New Balance will also offer NB-branded “I Ran Today!” buttons/flair for participants to download through the brands Facebook fan page.
Boston-based New Balance will commemorate National Running Day internally with a 5K fun run along the
“We are proud to celebrate National Running Day to showcase our brands long-time love of running,” says Dan Green, New Balance integrated marketing associate, running. “Through our interactive program and associate activities, we are excited to join thousands of runners across
Highlights of the day include:
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue will issue Atlanta Track Club executive director Tracey Russell a proclamation declaring June 3 National Running Day in
The Chicago Area Runners Association will host a post-work event along
Houston Mayor Bill White will officially proclaim June 3 Houston Running Day at a City Council meeting on June 2.
The Little Rock Marathon is hosting a free early-morning National Running Day Fun Run/Walk, followed by continental breakfast.
The Marine Corps Marathon will host a one-mile run on the National Mall, starting and finishing at the Lincoln Memorial. Runners will include local elected officials like Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, area running club presidents and running store representatives, Marines, local journalists, and other race directors.