Wednesday 6th June 2018 is Global Running Day and as you might expect, the easiest way to take part in this international celebration of pavement-pounding is to head out for a run. You could leave it there if you want, but if you fancy commiting a little more time and effort, there are plenty of ways to feel part of the proceedings.
The first is to pledge your miles on the Global Running Day website. Sign up and log the distance you plan to cover on Wednesday to contribute to the overall tally. Once you’ve pledged to get involved, it will be just that bit harder to back out and skip your run this Wednesday.
You can also enter an event to mark Global Running Day, whether that’s a real-life run near you or a virtual run. On fitness tracking app Strava you can sign up for the NYRR Virtual Global Running Day 1 Mile event, which is actually running from 4th-10th June. Once you’ve entered, just head out for a one-mile run within that period and you’ll be added to the overall leaderboards for the event.
If you prefer your running events to be in the real world, you can sign up for one of the IAAF 24 one-mile races taking place on Global Running Day all over the world. The UK event will take place in London’s Olympic Park at Lee Valley VeloPark, and it starts at 5pm.
Of course you can also try to find another running event if you’re not near London or fancy a longer distance, or set up a group run yourself. On the Global Running Day website you can even download customised bibs for your run in the Toolkits section.
Many clubs will also put on runs to mark the occasion, so if you want to run with a group check out your local club to see if it has a public event. Or just gather a load of friends and head out to log a mile in a park near you. There’s really no wrong way to get involved with Global Running Day, just as long as you get out and run.