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Runners around the country celebrate National Running Day

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When you ask runners why they love to run, you'll likely get a hundred different responses. In honor of all the reasons why people run, running organizations like Running U.S.A., NYRR and Women's Running Series work together to host National Running Day.

"National Running Day is a good way to bring attention to a sport/fitness activity enjoyed by many," said Nicole T., blogger at Apples and Arteries. "I wish more people would give running a try because it's a great workout and something you can do by yourself, with your family/friends, or as part of a community."

National Running Day organizers allow runners to pledge their miles and leverage resources, like creating a custom bib and digital badge to use on social media networks. Through social media, runners are invited to share their stories and why they run.

For Louise Cunningham, blogger at Runners Ramblings, running gives her a chance to focus on herself.

"I find my running time to be my quiet time," said Cunningham. "love that you can just put on a pair of running shoes and head out the door without any other big piece of equipment or gear."

Cunningham, who has lost 70 pounds, continues to run to stay healthy. She has even committed to her first marathon this October.

"If you start simple and take those baby steps one day at a time, you will begin to see the accomplishments pile up," continued Cunningham. "In setting small reachable goals for yourself, you will build self esteem and gradually it becomes a part of you. You no longer are embarrassed to be out there with others, even though you might be slower than the rest. It doesnt matter. The fact that you are out there attempting the exercise means that you have met that first goal, and it's time to set another, whether it be running for a minute, or even 30 seconds."

Cunningham is just one runner that will be celebrating National Running Day with a run. In addition, many national running organizations offer special promotions in line with the day.

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series is offering an event-wide discount of up to $20 off race registration when you register on June 4. TIMEX is celebrating National Running Day with a fundraiser. For each tweet or post to Instagram with #IMARUNNER, Timex will donate $5, up to $20,000, toward Boomer Esiason Foundation, which helps raise funds and awareness for those fighting cystic fibrosis.

In addition, Life Time Run is using social media to track how many miles Americans can run in a day with a goal to hit 20,000 miles. Runners can share their miles on the Life Time Run Facebook page or on Twitter with hashtags #nationalrunningday and #lifetimerun.

"By bringing runners together, we are fostering relationships and are giving runners tools that they need to reach their goals," Rebekah Mayer, national training manager, Life Time Run. "From beginners to experienced runners, National Running Day can bring everyone together to celebrate our sport."

"I love that people of all ages, shapes, sizes can get out and enjoy running; you don't have to run a marathon to enjoy running even just a mile or one lap around a track," said Nicole T.

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