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Posted: June 2, 2014  

Athletics: Sixth Annual National Running Day Set for Wednesday, June 4

Source: Running USA

Thousands of runners of all ages and abilities to take part in nationwide celebration of the sport

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. : (June 1, 2014) - National Running Day - a coast-to-coast celebration of running and a collaboration with top U.S. running organizations to promote running as a healthy and accessible form of exercise - will take place on Wednesday, June 4, it was announced today by Running USA. From New York City to Houston, and in more than 100 cities across the country, runners will participate in group runs, wear National Running Day customizable bibs, pledge their miles to charity, post photos to social media and more.

"Running USA and our members look forward to promoting National Running Day not only as a way to celebrate running and its many benefits, but also as a platform to invite and encourage new runners to take their first steps to fitness and kick off a life-changing commitment," said Rich Harshbarger, CEO of Running USA.

National Running Day allows longtime and beginner runners alike to celebrate the sport and build connection and community between fellow runners of all ages and abilities, as well as attracts new participants. Whether runners join a group run for the hundredth or first time, spread the running bug to a friend, sign up for a race, or set a new goal, the day is meant to celebrate the reasons and people that make a running a special part of their lives.

In New York City, New York Road Runners is inviting runners of all ages from across the five boroughs of NYC to participate in group runs and walks, water stations, giveaways and their flagship National Running Day event—the Mighty Milers Fun Run, NYRR’s largest youth running event of the year. In Houston, the Houston Marathon Committee is hosting a party at Memorial Park with a group run, music, refreshments and giveaways. Lucky winners will receive running shoes and apparel, nutrition products and more. In Minneapolis, The Running Room, in partnership with Twin Cities in Motion is hosting free, evening group runs with refreshments and giveaways, and holding an online contest. In Atlanta, the Atlanta Track Club is celebrating in three locations at three different times, complete with t-shirt giveaways and more. In Little Rock, the Little Rock Marathon is partnering with Go! Running and Rock City Running to host a free morning run in Murray Park. In Chicago, the Chicago Area Runners Association will be running morning, noon and night. Nationally, Competitor Group is holding a sweepstakes to give runners the gear to get out and run.

Runners of all ranks can visit to:

  • Find group runs and other events across the country, or create their own, by visiting the National Running Day website here
  • Connect with National Running Day on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be a part of all the celebrations and giveaways; use hashtag #runningday
  • "Donate" their run or walk through Charity Miles and support important causes
  • Customize a National Running Day "I Run..." logo and bib, download a free Fun Run guide and more

About National Running Day
National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime of life-changing commitment. National Running Day is a collaborative effort of the foremost running organizations in the United States, including the Atlanta Track Club, Bring Back the Mile, the Boston Athletic Association, the Chevron Houston Marathon, the Chicago Area Runners Association, Competitor Group, Inc., the Little Rock Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, New York Road Runners, the Oregon Track Club, Running USA, Twin Cities In Motion and USA Track & Field.

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