Celebrate Global Running Day

by: Kelly Leighton
June 7, 2017

Today marks Global Running Day.

The holiday, celebrated the first Wednesday in June, encourages people everywhere to go out and run. Whether it be a long run or a short run, a solo jaunt or a group gathering, just get out and go. It’s my favorite holiday tied with Christmas.

Locally, our three running stores are all hosting their own shindigs.

  • Fleet Feet is hosting the Big Run, a now sold-out 5K community run, followed by a Harrisburg Senators game.
  • Appalachian Running Company in Carlisle is hosting a free fun run at 6 p.m., followed by drinks and food at the store.
  • Inside Track in Mechanicsburg is offering 20 percent off to anyone who mentions Global Running Day or my PennLive article at checkout.

However, you don’t need an organized event to honor Global Running Day. For me? I have prior obligations Wednesday evening (packing for a trip), so I will get my miles in with the sun rising, maybe solo, maybe with some friends. I’m OK with either.

Global Running Day is a good way to remember why we run. It’s not something I think about much anymore — running is the biggest part of my daily routine and there is little to disrupt that. As a later in life runner (I didn’t start running until I was 23), running has long ceased being something I do, it’s something I am. Running has made me realize I am so much stronger than I thought I could be, both mentally and physically. And the sport also has introduced me to some of my best friends and some of the most wonderful people in the local community.

You don’t need to run every day or every week to be a runner. Today, I think of my favorite quote from John Bingham:

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”

So, regardless of whether the last time you ran was yesterday or the 100-yard dash in third grade, get out there and run to the corner or run a 20-miler. Celebrate having a healthy body and the ability to put one foot in front of the other.

Categories: Fitness, Running

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