National Running Day Recap
Yesterday, June 2nd, was designated as National Running Day. Across the country, communities got into the spirit and runners encouraged their friends to join them for a few sweaty miles. Here are some highlights:
Men's World Marathon holder Haile Gebrselassie announced that he will be running the New York City Marathon this November 7. This is the first major American race Gebrselassie will run.
More significantly, it means that Gebrselassie will not be likely to lower his current record of 2:03:59, as the New York City course is hilly. The current course record of 2:07:43 is held by Tesfaye Jifar, and was set in 2001.
The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series offered a one-day $15 discount off registration for all races in their series. The next Rock 'n' Roll race is the sold out San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon held this Sunday, June 6.
Running clubs organized fun runs in many cities around the country, including some that promoted running to or from work. Some cities provided water and Gatorade stands for relief in the warm June conditions.
Others took the day to note that running takes up more of a carbon footprint than many think. Ecologically minded running companies are hoping this image improves in the future by creating biodegradable shoe parts and promoting shoe recycling.