How to celebrate World Running Day 2022

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World Running Day is tomorrow, June 1. And while running might be something you do several days a week, or even every day, this particular day is made to celebrate the sport we all love. It’s a great time to focus on what running does for your body, for your mind, for the community it brings together, for the friendships made while running. After so much time apart, it’s time to get together and run again.

Here are some ideas on how to give back and make the most of your miles on this special day.

run for you

We’re totally okay with lacing just for the mental and physical benefits you get in return. Self-care is more than enough to rejoice. And if you’re looking for a running medal, congratulations, or even free gifts to go along with your movement, these brands have you covered.

Coros Global Running Day Challenge

Endurance tech brand Coros tapped pro marathoners like Molly Seidel and Des Linden to create a special GRD 5K workout. Those who participate will have a chance to win a $50 gift card at Coros. Note: you must have the Coros app to participate.

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Takeover of BIPOC #GlobalRunningDay

The Running Industry Diversity Coalition is mobilizing on June 1 to increase the representation of BIPOC runners in the virtual community. “The #GlobalRunningDay hashtag on social media, since the first celebration in 2016, shows an underrepresentation of runners and BIPOC groups,” the coalition wrote on Instagram. They joined with more than 30 partners who pledged to increase racial diversity in their World Running Day promotions, but asked BIPOC runners to consider using the hashtag. “We want to see lots of Black, Indigenous and people of color taking up space in our social media feed…” they wrote.

Global 5K Virtual NYRR Race Day

Run this virtual race, organized by New York Road Runners, until Sunday, June 5. Runners are also invited to join their Facebook group of virtual runners for daily inspiration and to create a community.

“It’s Your Race” with Brooks

Running shoe and apparel brand Brooks encourages everyone to get out there and run, no matter the distance or speed. “It doesn’t matter how far they go; everything counts, because it’s your race,” said the brand Women’s running in an email. Post your run with the hashtag #ItsYourRun on Instagram and receive surprise autographs and “medals”.

Run for others

If you want to make Global Running Day an intentional way to give back to others while still racking up your miles, the following brands have some goodwill on deck for the holidays.

Under Armor All Out Mile

Under Armor is back this year to encourage runners to “go all out on World Running Day” by vying for the fastest mile. From tomorrow through Sunday, June 5, runners can attempt the mile run as many times as they like using Under Armour’s FitRankings and MapMyRun. The three fastest women and men will receive cash and equipment prizes.

Racers can also compete as a team to try to catch the most participants. Teams from America, Europe, Asia and South Asia with the most mile runners will receive $10,000 donated to a charity of their choice.

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Run to the oceans with Adidas

Until Wednesday, June 8, Adidas has pledged to clean up the ocean in exchange for your sweat. Every 10 minutes of racing, the brand will remove a plastic bottle (or equivalent in weight) from the ocean. Download the Adidas Running app to track your miles.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Global Running Day Challenge

If you’re also on the hunt for new gear, Dick’s Sporting Goods has partnered with Run to Change Lives to donate to SportsMatter, an initiative of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation that aims to raise awareness about the funding crisis in the youth sports.

How this GRD campaign works: Post your running selfie to the RUN to Change Lives Facebook group on June 1 using the hashtag #GlobalRunningDay. Print your Dick’s Sporting Goods coupon given at registration. When you shop at DSG using the coupon, Run to Change Lives will donate $5 to SportsMatter.

World Race Day with Ventures Endurance

Event company Ventures Endurance supports Shoes That Fit, a national organization that helps kids get shoes. On Global Running Day, a $10 entry means $5 will go to Shoes That Fit. In return, runners will receive a $15 voucher for a Ventures endurance run.

Tracksmith x Emily Abbate x Everytown for Gun Safety

Another great gear pick this week: Tracksmith will be donating 5% of all sales made using coupon code “HURDLE22” to Everytown For Gun Safety. The donations come at the request of podcaster Emily Abbate, whose Hurdle podcast is sponsored this week by the Boston-based clothing company. “This week, in the wake of everything that happened in Uvalde, TX at Robb Elementary, I’ve chosen to donate 5% of all purchases made through this link here using code Hurdle22 at Everytown,” Abbate shared on his Instagram Story.

Using the code will also get you free shipping on your order.

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