The United States running industry has announced an unprecedented unified effort to launch the inaugural National Running Day on Wednesday, June 3, to nationally and locally promote running as a healthy, easy, and accessible form of exercise. Across the country, the day will celebrate the benefits of running as part of a healthy and active lifestyle aimed at combating some of todayâ€™s most pressing health issues.
Through a grassroots effort, the foremost road racing and track and field organizations from major U.S. citiesâ€”including Oak Ridge, New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Little Rock, Denver, Eugene, and San Diegoâ€”in addition to national running organizations USA Track & Field and Running USA, are encouraging Americans of all ages and fitness levels to get out and run by hosting a variety of National Running Day activities, including professional athlete appearances, free running events, group runs, and clinics.
This unified effort is aimed at encouraging people to lace up their shoes and invite a friend to join them in experiencing the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of running.
â€œEveryone can run. Thatâ€™s the message of this day,â€ said New York Road Runners president and
CEO Mary Wittenberg. â€œAs 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.â€
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 â€œIâ€™m a Runner/I Ran Todayâ€ 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.
â€œThis is a day to celebrate the most universal of all sports,â€ said USA Track & Field CEO Doug Logan. â€œBy taking National Running Day into the virtual realm of social networking, weâ€™re 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.â€
The Roadkill Running Club, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee is celebrating National Running Day by kicking off a month-long series entitled June Madness. The June Madness Series, held at the Oak Ridge Marina, will include four runs, one on each Wednesday evening of the month. These runs, of varying distances, are meant to encourage the enjoyment of running, walking, and fresh air.
About Roadkill Running Club
Founded in 2008, the Roadkill Running Club was started to promote running, walking and general fitness as lifelong endeavors through activities and events that promote the pure enjoyment of the sport. The Club founders, both past presidents of the Knoxville Track Club, founding planners of the Knoxville Marathon, residents of Oak Ridge, business owners, and long time runners, realized the potential for Oak Ridge to be a great running community. It is really an enjoyment to run in Oak Ridge. In a very short time, the Club is developing into a full, locally oriented, group of great members and guests that really enjoy the sport of running. More information is available at www.roadkillrunningclub.com.