NEW YORK --Staying active is imperative when it comes to good health, especially for our children as they build habits for a lifetime.
Global Running Day is the evolution of National Running Day in the U.S., which was started in 2009 by leading running groups from around the nation. It's a day to share your passion for the sport and inspiring others to get moving!
The centerpiece of 2016 Global Running Day is the first-ever Million Kid Run that aims to have a million kids around the world pledge to run this June first.
"What began as a grassroots initiative eight years ago has naturally grown into a global day of running, fitness, and fun with partners and participants around the world," said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. "New this year, the Million Kid Run is a thrilling initiative that will see a million kids worldwide experience the joys of running that will hopefully inspire them to run for life. We hope that June 1 connects runners of all ages and abilities together to celebrate a sport that truly betters lives and communities around the world."
The goal is to have a million kids around the world pledge to run on June 1; making fitness fun and inspiring kids to embrace running as a way to get healthy and fit. 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.
Taking part is as simple as making a pledge on the Global Running Day website, globalrunningday.org, to promise to be a part of the running community on June 1. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with kids. The key is for runners of all ages and abilities to share their passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving. After adults take their pledge, they can pledge on behalf of the kids in their lives, adding all of the names to a list of runners from around the world who are coming together to celebrate the sport.
The Million Kid Run is about making fitness fun and inspiring kids to embrace running as a way to get healthy and fit.
Pledge to run! Us the hashtag #GLOBALRUNNINGDAY to share your efforts! And get toolkits to get others signed up and running, too!
"I think it's very important for kids to get active in all sports, especially running," said Matthew Centrowitz, an Olympian and the reigning world indoor 1500-meter champion. "Starting to be active at a young age is extremely important for a future, healthy lifestyle, especially the friendships you make through running. I'm looking forward to seeing more than 1 million kids around the globe be active on Global Running Day on June 1."
Groups around the world taking part in this first-ever Global Running Day including the Abbott World Marathon Majors, Atlanta Track Club, Boston Athletic Association, Competitor Group, Houston Marathon Foundation, International Association of Athletics Federations' Athletics for a Better World program, New York Road Runners, Running USA, USA Track & Field, and more. Runners from marathons and other races in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Mumbai, New York, Prague, Tokyo, and more, will play active roles in Global Running Day. Many of the top professional runners from around the world will also be a part of the day, and help share their passion for the sport with the global running community.
"At the Abbott World Marathon Majors, we celebrate our participants and the sport of marathoning, and it's an honor to extend that to the next generation through Global Running Day," said Tim Hadzima, general manager of the Abbott World Marathon Majors. "We will continue to work to inspire the millions of kids running on June 1 to live a healthy lifestyle. We look forward to one day seeing these runners on the streets of our races in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City."