More Than Two Million People Pledge to Run on Global Running Day on June 1

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The first-ever Million Kid Run inspires youth around the world to embrace running as a way to get healthy and fit

Press Release
May 31, 2016

New York—More than two million people from more than 165 countries have pledged to run on Global Running Day on June 1. From New York to New Zealand, there will be running events and activities taking place across the country and around the world. The first-ever Million Kid Run that aims to get young people moving will see kids worldwide come together to celebrate the power and benefits of running and fitness alongside adult runners of all ages and abilities.

Pledging for Global Running Day and the first-ever Million Kid Run is open on globalrunningday.org through Global Running Day on June 1. Runners of all ages and abilities can pledge to run and add their name to the list of millions of runners from all over the world who are coming together to celebrate the sport. Groups and individuals, kids and adults, able-bodied runners and athletes with disabilities can all pledge to be a part of Global Running Day.

From kids’ and family runs in New York, Monaco, and Belarus, to a midnight run in Atlanta, sunrise run in Rome, and evening run in Tokyo, to relay races in Berlin and a 5K fun run in LA, there are hundreds of events happening around the globe in celebration of Global Running Day and the Million Kid Run. Please click here to view many of the planned events and activities.

There are more than 100 global supporters of Global Running Day, and many of the top professional runners from around the world are championing the day, including Paula Radcliffe, Molly Huddle, Des Linden, Nick Symmonds, Haile Gebrselassie, and Kurt Fearnley, helping to share their passion for the sport with the global running community.

Running organizations 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 abilities for adults and youth. They can also connect with Global Running Day socially via #GlobalRunningDay, and customize a Global Running Day bib and finisher certificate.

Quotes from Global Supporters

“Global Running Day and the Million Kid Run provide a platform for us to inspire our local and global running community alike, parallel with New York Road Runners’ mission to help and inspire people through running. Two million people and counting have pledged to run on Global Running Day, and in New York City, we’re excited to welcome runners of all ages and abilities to our free events in all five boroughs, all day long. We’re especially proud to support the Million Kid Run with 2,000 of our youth runners at the Mighty Milers Fun Run at renowned Icahn Stadium.” – Michael Capiraso, New York Road Runners President and CEO

“While running is certainly a sport, athletic clubs and race organizations such as ours also promote and recognize the recreational activity and benefits of running. We know well the important contribution that running, jogging, walking and any physical movement make towards health and fitness. Whether in groups or as individually, we’ve witnessed the strength borne out in running. And on top of all of that, most of all it can be fun, especially when we get out with friends. – Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director and leader of the Boston Marathon

“The future of running, both as a sport and industry, is truly global in scale. Global Running Day is a wonderful opportunity to bring the world together around such a vibrant and healthy activity, inspiring a new generation of runners.” – Rich Harshbarger, Running USA CEO

“Tokyo Marathon is delighted to be a part of this global event, and we hope all of our Tokyo Marathon family, Japanese runners, and runners from all over the world feel the joy of running on the first-ever Global Running Day!” – Tad Hayano, Tokyo Marathon Race Director

“Our mission and what we are passionate about is creating a healthy Atlanta through running and walking. Global Running Day is a chance for us to celebrate and share that mission with millions of other runners around the world.” – Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club Executive Director

“This is a great initiative to have runners from all over the world unified for such a special day. In Berlin, we are excited to be integrating the Million Kid Run into our Global Running Day relay event on June 1st.” – Mark Milde, Race Director of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

“Running has brought me so much pleasure over the years and taught me so much about myself and others, and about how to live life to the fullest and get the best out of myself. I am passionate about sharing the joy and liberty of running with as many children as possible so that they too can experience the camaraderie and fun. I hope that Global Running Day will be a huge success in introducing running to as many children as possible all around the world.” – Paula Radcliffe, women’s world record holder in the marathon

“Running is such a simple and fun way to build fitness and explore new places at the same time. Finding and exploring new trails is my favorite part about running. The fitter you get, the further you can explore. Running is also the ultimate way to test your physical and mental stamina. What is considered punishment for athletes in other sports, we runners CHOOSE to do for our own gain.” – Nick Willis, Olympic silver medalist, and New Zealand record holder in the 1500 meters

About Global Running Day

Global Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. It is a worldwide celebration of the sport, and a way for runners of all ages and abilities to share their passion for running and inspire others to get moving. The Million Kid Run on Global Running Day aims to get young people moving. The goal is to have a million kids around the world pledge to run on June 1, 2016. The Million Kid Run is about making fitness fun, and inspiring kids to embrace running as a way to get healthy and fit. Global Running Day is a collaborative effort of the most prominent running organizations around the world, with many of the top professional runners helping to share their passion for the sport with the global running community.


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