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National Running Day – A History (sort of)

Today is National Running Day.  This day comes once a year, on the first Wednesday of every June.  All day long on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ I’ve been reading a lot of post about this “holiday.”  (Sorry runners, but I don’t think presents are involved.)  Heck, even in my Run Inspired. facebook group I put up a post about National Running Day.  I proposed a challenge for all my Run Inspired. chicas to post a picture of what inspires them to be healthy, amazing runners.  (I’m still lacking a quite a few response so if you’re interested, pleassssse feel free to respond to the group or to my G+ page and let me know what motivates you.)  Anyway, back to #nationalrunningday… I had no idea this day was approaching until it was already here.  I think I remember something about it from last year, but I’m not quite sure.  Maybe I’m getting it confused with World Run Day which happens on the Sunday closest to November 8th.  I love the idea of having a day dedicated to doing the sport I love so much.  But I’m so curious…

When did National Running Day begin? And who started it?

One would think this is a simple question.  Go to the website, read the About section and call it a day.  Wrong.  There isn’t even a Wikipedia entry on National Running (or Run) Day.  Every place I looked told me fun ways to celebrate the day or nearby running socials happening tonight.  I found posts of people reflecting on why they were runners, their running journey, or their favorite running routes.  But nothing on the history of National Running Day.  I tweeted to @runnersworld, @pacepermile, @newbalance, @brooksrunning, and @greatist in hopes that they could tell me something.  I got nothing. If I had to guess, I would say the New York Road Runners started the day, but I could be completely wrong.  I say this because on the website, for more information you can email runningday@nyrr.org.  I did send an email asking about the origins of National Running Day but haven’t yet received a response.  (Update: I have since learned that National Running Day was started in 2009 as a collaboration between these many organizations.)

Whoever started this day and whenever it was, I would like to say thank you!  Thank you for taking one day out of the other 365 to celebrate the sport we all love so much.  I love runners, running, bagels, energy gels, races, singlets, compression socks, arm warmers, Newtons, New Balance Minimus shoes, my G+ runners circle, my Run Inspired. girls, The Lore of Running, long runs, tempo runs, hill workouts, easy runs, my Garmin, Oakley sunglasses, Ryan Hall, Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan, Lolo Jones, and anything else related to this sport.  So I think it’s important to take one day and celebrate the thing that brings so many people so much joy.  Happy National Running Day everyone!! And if you know when this day became a holiday or who started it, pleassssse let me know!  I hate not having an answer to my question of the day.

I thought I would share some things I found in the social media world relating to NRD:

From Josh Cox: Why he runs

From Katy Thomas on Twitter: An interesting Beetles and Jay-Z song

From Runner’s World: A silly video of the staff running in crazy outfits

From MissMotta on Twitter: A very cool picture after her run

And finally, my run from today.  It’s been about a month since my last good run due to a peroneal tendon injury.  I love how the elliptical and bike can keep me in shape.

Garmin Entry

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie

And check out the beautiful sunrise this morning… I can’t wait for summer break when I can actually run during the morning!

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