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Wednesday June 4th, 2025
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What is Global Running Day? Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. Run a lap around your block, take your dog for a long walk, or call your friends for a pick-up game in the park. The important thing is that you have fun being active—and you inspire others to join you.

Global Running Day was formerly known as National Running Day and began in the United States. The first event was in 2009.

The inaugural Global Running Day was held on June 1, 2016. More than 2.5 million people from 177 countries pledged to run more than 9.2 million miles. New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, declared June 1, 2016 to be Global Running Day in the City of New York. 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi led a group run from the Boston Run Base, and the Atlanta Track Club organized a “run around the clock” event, where at least one person from the Atlanta metro area would be running every hour of Global Running Day

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Bob Anderson
I have been running since Feb 19, 1962. I have run over 1000 races, some being just fun runs and others being big races like the Boston and New York City Marathon. Running has been and continues to be a very important part of my life. National Running Week started in 2009 and it soon became obvious that it needed to be a global affair. In 2016 it was officially declared by the Mayor of New York City to be Global Running Day. It is important that we have our special day to help bring more attention to running.
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