Millions of people of all ages and abilities from more than 150 countries around the world are expected to run on Global Running Day on Wednesday (7), coming together to celebrate the power and benefits of running and fitness.
Running events and activations will be taking place from New York to New Zealand, including group runs, family fun runs, virtual and in-person races, treadmill challenges, and a host of other activities.
With a treadmill challenge world-record attempt in New York, a night run in Tokyo, a city run in Dubai and a 5km race in Tunis, all corners of the world will be participating in Global Running Day.
“Running is life and one of the core elements of athletics,” said IAAF CEO Olivier Gers. “We are delighted to unite with the worldwide running community for the second Global Running Day on June 7, motivating our 214 national member federations, our running legends and our staff members to make a pledge with the goal of together inspiring a million children to run.”
Pledging for Global Running Day and the second annual Million Kid Run remains open through June 7 on GlobalRunningDay.org. Runners of all ages and abilities can pledge to run on June 7 and add their name to the list of people from all over the world who are coming together to celebrate the sport on Global Running Day.
The second annual Million Kid Run will once again be the centrepiece of Global Running Day. The Million Kid Run is about making fitness fun and inspiring kids to embrace running as a way to get moving and stay healthy. From a school administrator pledging students, to a youth coach pledging their running team, to a parent pledging their child, kids around the world will come together to celebrate the power and benefits of running and fitness.
Last year, more than 2.5 million people from 177 countries, including nearly 700,000 kids, pledged to run 9.2 million miles on Global Running Day. This year, people are being asked to share why they are running and taking part in the day.
Running organisations and groups, individuals, school administrators, coaches, and parents can visit GlobalRunningDay.org to pledge, explore group runs and other events happening around the world, and find information on running activities for all people of all ages and abilities.
The world is welcome to engage with Global Running Day socially by using the #GlobalRunningDay hashtag and creating a customized Global Running Day bib. Global Running Day toolkits for events, communications and social media are also available on the website.