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National Running Day

National-Running-DayOn June 3rd run by yourself, run with your family, run with a friend, run with a whole bunch of people you don’t know. Just run! (assuming you are physically able and have been medically cleared – wink)

Why June 3rd?

This day has been declared National Running Day and is a grassroots effort by some of the larger and influential running organizations in the United States to promote this “healthy, easy, and accessible form of exercise.”

The focus on this campaign is to promote activity for both adults and children. It is a family affair!

Why run?

We all know the current state of health in our country. It is quite poor for many adults and children. The personal financial impact poor health will have on individual pocketbooks is something that more and more people will begin to realize. We must take personal responsibility for our own health. Running may just be one of the ways that sparks a lifestyle change within an individual or family.

Can this really make a difference?

The short answer is YES!

I look back nine years ago and I was exercising once a month or lifting a few weights maybe once a week. My food choices contained many processed and rather unhealthy items. The pounds were gradually accumulating and so life went.

And then one day at work a friend asked my to go mountain biking with him. I had my mountain bike from my college days collecting dust somewhere, I said, “sure, why not”. This simple gesture literally was the spark that transformed my life. This may sound a bit over-the-top but it is completely true.

Since that day, I have experienced a rainbow of endurance sports throughout the years. This activity has brought nutrition awareness and has just been a heck of a lot of fun. If you didn’t know, fun just happens to be a cog on the wheel of health. I know my overall health is way beyond what it would have been if I kept the same lifestyle of nine years ago.

Will everyone have an interest in running, I can most honestly say – no. This is really OK.

But what about those people that just need that spark…it could be life changing.

If there was a spark that brought you into endurance sports please share your story in the comments link below.

What you can do.

Silly, go for a run!

Some running clubs may be putting on a special event for this day so check with your local clubs if that may interest you.

Ask some of your friends if they would like to go for a run.

Ask some of your co-workers if they would like to go for a run.

You could mention it to your neighbors or entire neighborhood.

You could make this as over-the-top or as intimate as you like. Just leave the interval work for another day!

Be the spark!
David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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