Global Running Day – June 5, 2019
The Global Running Day concept, formerly known as National Running Day in the United States began in 2009. Since then, the event has grown and become even more popular. It is now a worldwide celebration of running, hence the name change to Global Running Day. June 1st 2016 was the first Global Running Day, a whopping 9.2 million miles pledged from 2.5 million people in 177 countries. The event now takes place on the first Wednesday of June every year, and anyone can join in.
Above all, there are no limitations and it is open to all ages and abilities. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go. You can participate as an individual, team, or even as a company, or club. The concept is to have fun, be active and inspire others to join in. No costs are involved, you simply promise to run a specific distance.
It could be just running a lap around your block, taking your dog for a long walk, or even getting together with a group of friends for a run. There may also be an organised run close to where you live, or your local running club may be hosting or organising an event or run. All you have to do is submit your name through the Global Running Day website and then complete your run. For teams or events, the Global Running Day organisation provides everything from running bibs, to certificates and more, all for free.
A Million Kid Run is also part of the concept. The Million Kid Run is the youth division of the celebration. The aim is to have one million children around the world taking part. The focus is on making fitness fun, and inspiring young people to embrace running as a way to remain healthy and fit. For example, in its first year 2016, 672,030 youths took part.
On deciding to take part, I posted out on my local running club members page, consequently, several joined in and lovely to see some involving their families and children. Twenty-five members took part completing a total of 89-miles.
Stats for 2019
- 177 countries
- 17,927 virtual racers
- 5,897 kids
- 29,617 participants
- 178,147 miles
- 945,869 views
- 2019 teams 1,059
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