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Pledging Now Open for Global Running Day and First-Ever Million Kid Run on June 1

May 02, 2016

The Million Kid Run is about making fitness fun, and inspiring kids to embrace running as a way to get healthy and fit.

NEW YORK — Pledging for Global Running Day and the inaugural Million Kid Run on Wednesday, June 1 is now open on Runners of all ages and abilities can pledge to run on June 1, and add their name to the list of runners from all over the world who are coming together to celebrate the sport. Groups and individuals, kids and adults, able-bodied runners and athletes with disabilities can all pledge to be a part of Global Running Day.

The first-ever Million Kid Run is the centerpiece of Global Running Day, and aims to get young people moving. The goal is to have a million kids around the world pledge to run on June 1. The Million Kid Run is about making fitness fun, and inspiring kids to embrace running as a way to get healthy and fit. After adults make their pledge, they can get their sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and students to choose their running activities and be a part of this global initiative to get active. From a school administrator pledging students, to a youth coach pledging their running team, to a parent pledging their child, kids around the world will come together to celebrate the power and benefits of running and fitness.

“I was a kid in an elementary school gym class when a teacher introduced me to running,” said two-time Olympian Jenny Simpson. “From childhood, running has been a way for me to pursue health, leadership, and personal achievement. I'm so grateful to have the chance to introduce more children to a life of movement and health, and to remind everyone that there's a global community of people to play, move, and run with!”

Distinguished running organizations worldwide will be participating, including the Abbott World Marathon Majors, Atlanta Track Club, Boston Athletic Association, Competitor Group, Houston Marathon Foundation, International Association of Athletics Federations’ Athletics for a Better World program, New York Road Runners, Running USA, USA Track & Field, Bring Back the Mile and more. Runners from marathons and other races in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Mumbai, New York, Prague, Tokyo, and more, will play active roles in Global Running Day. Many of the top professional runners from around the world will also be a part of the day, and help share their passion for the sport with the global running community.

Running organizations and groups, individuals, school administrators, coaches, and parents can visit to pledge, explore group runs and other events happening around the world, and find information on running activities for all abilities for adults and youth. They can also connect with Global Running Day socially via #GlobalRunningDay, and customize a Global Running Day bib and finisher certificate.

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