Special water stops, a Team for Kids jog, a mixer in Brooklyn, early number pickup for the NYRR New York Mini 10K, and an array of Run the City discounts have been added to the roster of New York Road Runners events celebrating tomorrow’s fourth-annual National Running Day.
National Running Day, held each year on the first Wednesday in June, is a day for runners at all levels to declare—and demonstrate—their passion for running. The virtual headquarters for National Running Day is the website www.runningday.org. Running groups, both formal and informal, have scheduled activities in more than 100 cities and towns across the country. Runners can learn where to meet up by clicking “Group Runs” on the home page.
France is joining in on National Running Day this year for the first time, with company-sponsored lunchtime runs in Paris as well as other runs in that city and in Marseilles, Nice, Lyon, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Dijon, Le Mans, and Toulouse. National Running Day in France is sponsored by the country’s Amateur Sports Organization.
New NYRR-sponsored activities include:
Previously announced activities include an NYRR staff run around the reservoir; senior walk-jogs in Brooklyn and Harlem, and a Mighty Milers fun run at Icahn Stadium.
NYRR staff will be running around the Central Park Reservoir all day, and everyone is welcome to join in during their own runs. Among the participants, on a rotating basis, will be Gordon Bakoulis, Stuart Calderwood, John Honerkamp, and NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.
The walk-jogs, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., will meet at the Tilden Houses Senior Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and at Central Park’s Frawley Circle, Fifth Avenue at Central Park North. All are welcome.
Desiree Davila, a member of the 2012 United States Olympic Marathon team who’s in town to headline the NYRR New York Mini 10K on Saturday, will spend the morning on Randall’s Island congratulating more than 2,500 Mighty Milers from New York City public schools for reaching their collective goal of running 3.5 million miles. The students will celebrate with a day of fun runs and fitness activities at Icahn Stadium.
Among the celebrations planned across the country is a “Party in the Park” in Houston, TX, sponsored by the Houston Marathon Committee. The event will feature music, refreshments, T-shirts, giveaways that include guaranteed race entries, and a 6:00 p.m. fun run with the Houston Marathon Committee staff.
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg