Global Running Day 2019

June 5 is Global Running Day, a worldwide celebration of running that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get moving. As part of Global Running Day, the Million Kid Run aims to get young people excited about fitness. Check out the variety of ways you can celebrate this exciting day with us! 

Three runners in Central Park

NYRR Virtual Global Running Day 1M

Join thousands of people around the world in celebrating your shared love of running as part of Global Running Day! Run the free one-mile NYRR Virtual Global Running Day 1M Powered by Strava race anywhere, anytime between June 1 and June 9 to partake in the worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. Finishers will also be entered for an opportunity to win a round-trip flight on United Airlines to fly (and run!) anywhere in the world and hotel accommodations during their trip! (Read the official rules)

New to virtual racing? Learn more and watch our virtual racing video here. 

Kids receiving free shoes as part of NYRR's 1 For You 1 For Youth program

1 for You 1 for Youth 5K

NYRR will kick off the Global Running Day festivities in NYC by hosting the NYRR 1 for You 1 for Youth 5K for more than 2,000 runners in Central Park on the morning of June 5. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of NYRR’s free youth running programs, 2,000 kids will receive a free pair of New Balance running shoes on behalf of the 2,000 runners in the race. The shoes will be distributed to students participating in Rising New York Road Runners, a free program in schools and community centers across New York City’s five boroughs and nationwide.

Two runners in Brooklyn Bridge Park

NYRR Open Run

On June 5, special GRD editions of NYRR Open Run will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the following locations:

  • Morningside Park, Manhattan
  • Shore Road Park, Brooklyn
  • Crocheron Park, Queens
  • Silver Lake Park, Staten Island
  • Soundview Park, Bronx

A group of runners in front of the NYRR Run Center

NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub

Stop in to join one of our group runs or join us in the evening for one of our Happy Hours presented by New Balance! Visit our NYRR RUNCENTER page for more details.

A runner in front of the globe at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens

Pledge to Run

Starting May 6, visit globalrunningday.org or use the widget below and tell us where, when, how far, and why you'll be running—or getting moving in any way—on Global Running Day! After pledging on the site, you can search for local running events around you or create an event of your own using the GRD digital and printable toolkits.


Learn More

To see what Global Running Day is all about, watch the 2018 Global Running Day recap video from last year and follow along on social media (accounts listed below)!

IG: @globalrunningday

Facebook: @runningday

Twitter: @runningday

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