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Global Running Day: As It Happened

Global Running Day was a hit! More than 2.5 million people from 177 countries pledged to run a collective 9.2 million miles on June 1—that’s like running from the earth to the moon and back 19 times—and kids alone pledged enough miles to run 40 laps around the earth.

Relive the worldwide celebration of health and fitness with our recap of what was happening everywhere from Boston to Botswana. 



7:00 p.m. EDT

New York City

We're off to cover the special Global Running Day editions of NYRR Open Run—we'll be back tomorrow to share more of how people around the globe celebrated the day!

Pictured here is a family of NYRR Open Run finishers at St. Mary's Park in the Bronx.

2:25 p.m. EDT

Recife, Brazil

The Olympic torch relay wound through the Brazilian state of Pernambuco on Global Running Day. The relay will conclude at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony on August 5.

2:00 p.m. EDT
1:00 p.m. CDT

Chicago, IL

Windy City runners are taking part in two relays, with stops at Fleet Feet stores across the Chicagoland area. A "Northern" relay will cover about 27 miles and a "Western" relay will traverse 24.5 miles, each ending in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. Find more information about their routes and follow along with the relay on the Fleet Feet Chicago site.

12:00 p.m. EDT

New York, NY

The Global Running Day NYRR Mighty Milers Fun Run had an all-star cast come out to Icahn Stadium to support more than 2,000 New York City students.

First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray also presented an official proclamation from Mayor Bill de Blasio, declaring June 1, 2016 to be Global Running Day in the City of New York.

Pictured here (l-r):

Kyle Merber, 2015 IAAF World Relays gold medalist
Ida Keeling, 101-year-old world record-holder
Peter Ciaccia, President, Events, New York Road Runners, and Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon
Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City
Michael Capiraso, President and CEO, New York Road Runners
Elizabeth Rose, Deputy Chancellor, NYC Department of Education
Ashley Higginson, 2015 Pan-American Games 3000-meter steeplechase gold medalist
Nicole Tully, 2015 USA 5000-meter champion

12:00 p.m. EDT
Trouble sneaking out for a lunchtime run? Use this handy excuse note from Bart Yasso at Runner’s World and be part of the #WorldsBiggestRUNch!
11:00 a.m. EDT/
6:00 p.m. AST

Amman, Jordan

Run Jordan invited runners of all ages to participate in a free 1.865K event, which coincides with the Great Arab Revolt centennial.
8:00 a.m. EDT/
2:00 p.m. CAT

Gaborone, Botswana

A group of 640 students—and about 40 parents—from Thornhill Primary School raced around the schoolground after class.
7:00 a.m. EDT

Boston, MA

Boston runners got in a morning run with 2014 Boston Marathon champ Meb Keflezighi.
6:00 a.m. EDT

Kingston, Jamaica

Members of Jamaica’s Sonic Steppers Running Club were out bright and early this morning.

6:00 a.m. EDT/
7:00 p.m. KST

Seoul, South Korea

As the day wound down, the Seoul Flyers Running Club held a special Global Running Day edition of their weekly Namsan Run. Collectively, the group covered 230 kilometers, with members climbing the 262-meter Mount Namsan as part of the route.


Happy Global Running Day from Seoul Korea! @globalrunningday #globalrunningday @seoulflyers Awesome running friends!!

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5:36 a.m. EDT/
11:36 a.m. CEST

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Runners from Tata Consultancy Services, the Premier Partner of New York Road Runners, gathered a group from their Amsterdam office for a mid-day run.

Find more inspiration to run: Read the personal account of Amsterdam-based TCSer Tobias Lundgren and his 36-hour, 246-kilometer run from Sparta to Athens last September.

5:18 a.m. EDT/
11:18 a.m. CEST



Three-time New York City Marathon Champion Paula Radcliffe led group runs with students from Ecole St. Charles and École D'athlé in Monaco.

3:30 a.m. EDT/
6:30 p.m. JST

Tokyo, Japan

Runners supporting the Tokyo Marathon Foundation printed out their Global Running Day bibs for a night run with staff from Jogport Ariake.

1:00 a.m. EDT/
9:30 a.m. IST

Vadodara, Gujarat, India

The Vadodara Marathon organized a festival for the worldwide day of fitness, with group runs, Zumba, and music to get the crowd excited.

12:00 a.m. EDT

Atlanta, GA

Global Running Day is here! The Atlanta Track Club kicked things off at midnight and the "run around the clock" continues. ATC's goal is to have someone from the Atlanta metro area running during each hour of Global Running Day. 
12:31 p.m. EDT,
May 31

New York, NY

7:06 a.m. EDT/
2:06 p.m. EAT,
May 31

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

We'll be here in the five boroughs, but where will you all be? Will you join the NYRR Hall of Famer in celebrating Global Running Day?

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