For the third consecutive year, European Athletics is pleased to be a Global Supporter of Global Running Day (June 6), a grassroots project initiated by New York Road Runners (NYRR) for people of all abilities and backgrounds to come together and celebrate their passion for running and inspire others to get moving.
This year, European Athletics is encouraging all event organisers for the upcoming European Week of Sport (September 23-30) to consider including Running For All races and spreading the word by asking people to pledge to run on June 6. Staff at the European Headquarters in Lausanne have already formed a team to participate in a morning run on the day.
“It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go – what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you,” say the organisers of Global Running Day. “Run a lap around your block, take your dog for a long walk, or call your friends for a pick-up game in the park. The important thing is that you have fun being active– and you inspire others to join you.”
European Athletics recognises the values of such an initiative and is proud to be a Global Supporter of Global Running Day along with Running for All and the European Running Business Conference, the first edition of which was held in Frankfurt, Germany last October. The host city of the 2019 edition is expected to be announced soon.
“Teaming up again with New York Road Runners for Global Running Day is obvious for European Athletics,” says European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen. “The spirit and intent of this initiative – to encourage people to lead more active, healthier lifestyles – is in keeping with our Running For All programme and the foundation on which the European Running Business Conference was built.”
“We encourage everyone to join New York Road Runners and our team at European Athletics in getting active on June 6!”
Also returning this year is the Million Kid Run, a campaign designed to get a million children around the world running on June 6. The idea is to make fitness fun and inspiring to children so they will embrace running and maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives.
To engage socially with Global Running Day, runners can take part in the conversation by using the hashtag #GlobalRunningDay hashtag.
Global Running Day toolkits for events, communications and social media are available on the GlobalRunningDay.org website and runners of all ages and abilities can pledge to take part on June 6 via GlobalRunningDay.org.
The European Athletics Quality Road Race standards act as an assurance for road runners throughout Europe. They distinguish between races that respect the standards and those that haven’t sought certification or assessment. They form the foundation of Running for All, a strong, recognisable brand for running activities throughout Europe.
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