Yesterday was National Running Day. What? You say you missed it? Take a lap.
According to runningday.org,
National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Wherever we are and whomever we’re with, we run—fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.
In central Arkansas it was celebrated at 6 am at the Two Rivers Bridge. The appropriate thing seemed to be to run and that they did. Somewhere around 100 runners ran across the bridge and into Two Rivers Park where they ran any distance and at any speed they wanted. They ran. Some chatted with friends as they ran, some were alone but most were smiling.
The event was organized by Go! Running, Easy Runner, The Sporty Runner, and MACS Race Timing Systems. Music and food were available at the start/finish/congregating area in River Mountain Park. I also noticed a lot of Black Girls Run t-shirts out on the run. Black Girls Run is a group that addresses the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provides encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. It was a beautiful morning for running and although I didn’t get a chance to run, I did enjoy the morning on the bridge.
We have lots of photos so please check them out and share them. They are free to download and make wonderful Facebook profiles.
And really, if you missed it that’s okay.