Break out those running shoes and hit the roads to celebrate National Running Day on Wednesday, June 4th. Starting in 2009, the country’s leading running organizations dedicated the first Wednesday of June to the sport of running in efforts to spread the running bug nationwide. National Running Day is dedicated for longtime runners to endorse their love for running and for beginners to commit to a future of healthy exercise.
New York Road Runners (NYRR), one of the flagship running organizations that started National Running Day, is hosting a wide array of celebratory activities across the five boroughs to “empower individuals and communities to embrace running as a social experience and spread the word about the power and benefits of running,” says NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. Find one of the many events going on in New York on the NYRR races and events page.
One of NYRR’s biggest events takes place on National Running Day from 9:30am-12:30pm at Icahn Stadium. It is part of a series of year-end celebrations for NYRR’s Mighty Milers program, a running program for pre-kindergarteners through eighth-graders designed to motivate kids to make and reach personal goals. To show its success, nearly 135,000 children nationally and 75,000 children from New York cumulatively ran 4.25 million miles in the 2013-2014 school year! The Mighty Milers National Running Day event will host nearly 2,000 kids grades 3 through 8 plus a few hundred NYC teachers and parents. Buzunesh Deba, well known long-distance runner who placed second in the 2013 NYC Marathon and 2014 Half-marathon, will be in attendance to support the kids and run alongside them.
National Running Day is a coast to coast celebration of the sport and activity of running, and here are other ways you can get involved:
- Find a running group near you on National Running Day’s MeetUp.com page. Can’t find a running group in your area? Host one and invite your friends using Meetup.com.
- Track your miles using Charity Miles to help raise funds for the charity you choose. How it works? Download the free Charity Miles app on your smartphone, select walk or run and go! Every mile generates a donation toward the charity you selected. For more information, visit CharityMiles.org.
- Download running day bibs, badges and the Fun Run event guide from the National Running Day resources page.