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A Familiar Face Celebrated Global Running Day With NYRR

Today, children and adults gathered in NY in celebration of the Million Kid Run on Global Running Day

 

2,000 New York City public school students who participate in NYRR’s free youth running program, Mighty Milers, took part in a celebration of running at the Mighty Milers Fun Run as part of the Million Kid Run on Global Running Day. Youth runners in grades 3 through 8 participated in a variety of races, games and fitness-related activities.

First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, joined students in the celebration, and presented an official New York City mayoral proclamation declaring June 1, 2016, as the Million Kid Run and Global Running Day.

Three 2016 US Olympic team hopefuls, 2015 USA 5000-meter champion Nicole Tully, 2015 PanAm Games gold medalist in the 3000-meter steeplechase Ashley Higginson, and world record-holder in the IAAF/BTC World Relays distance medley relay Kyle Merber, were there to cheer for the youth runners and help hand out finisher medals.

NYRR Strider and recent media sensation, 101-year-old sprinter Ida Keeling, who recently set a 100-meter world-record for women ages 100-104 years, participated in a senior walk that culminated in handing out ribbons to the youth runners participating in the Mighty Milers Fun Run. Check out all of the photos, courtesy of NYRR.