Ever heard of National Running Day? Neither had I… Until someone on the South Florida Runs team mentioned it the other day and I was interested enough to look up the “holiday” to learn more. So I thought I’d share what I found with you…
National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Wherever we are and whomever we’re with, we run—fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block. 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 and life-changing commitment.
Nationally Running Day is promoted by a number of organizations around the country, including the NY Road Runners Club. It started as a grassroots initiative just a few years ago but has since grown into a worldwide day of fun and movement, according to Mary Wittenberg, New York Road Runners’ president and CEO. 2012 marks the fourth annual National Running Day.
So how to appropriately celebrate National Running Day? Go for a run of course! Need someone to run with? Join the South Florida Runs group tomorrow, Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30pm at the corner of A1A and Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. We meet there weekly and go for a run. The distance and pace are up to you. There are 2 mile, 4 mile and 6 mile routes. See you there!
Here is an article from the Huffington Post (2011).
Here are some fun facts to get you excited about National Running Day:
The typical American runner…
- Is one of nearly 43 million in the U.S.
- Is just over 41 years old and has been running for 13 years
- Runs an average of 26.1 miles per week
In the last 10 years,
- 48% more people are running and jogging
- 38% more people are running and walking on treadmills
- 16% more people are trail running
- More than 500,000 people finished a marathon in the U.S. in 2010
- More than half of the nation’s runners want to run a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, or marathon this year
- The half-marathon is the nation’s fastest growing and most popular race. More than 5 million people finished a half-marathon in the last five years
- Last year more than 1.5 million high school students ran competitively for their schools