News01 Jun 2016

More than two million people pledge to run on Global Running Day


Global Running Day

More than two million people from around the world have pledged to run on Global Running Day on Wednesday (1).

From kids’ and family runs in New York, Monaco, and Belarus, to a midnight run in Atlanta, a sunrise run in Rome, and an evening run in Tokyo, to relay races in Berlin and a 5km fun run in LA, there are hundreds of events happening around the world in celebration of Global Running Day.

The IAAF, through its social responsibility programme Athletics for a Better World, is one of many international organisations involved in this year’s Global Running Day.

Many professional runners are also championing the day, including Paula Radcliffe, Molly Huddle, Des Linden, Nick Symmonds and Haile Gebrselassie.

“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,” said Radcliffe. “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.”

The centrepiece of this year’s event is the first-ever Million Kid Run that aims to have a million children around the world running on 1 June.

Runners of all ages and abilities can pledge to run on and add their name to the list of millions of runners from all over the world who are coming together to celebrate the sport.