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Global Running Day is tomorrow, June 1. And though running might be something you do several days a week, or even every day, this particular day is made for celebrating the sport we all love. It’s a great time to focus on what running does for your body, for your mind, for the community that it brings together, for the friendships made on the run. After so long spent apart, it’s time to come together and run again.
Here are a few ideas on how to give back and make the most of your miles on this special day.
Run for Yourself
We’re totally on board with lacing up purely for the mental and physical benefits you get in return. Taking care of yourself is more than enough cause for celebration. And if you’re looking for a race medal, some kudos, or even some free swag to go with your movement, these brands have you covered.
Coros Global Running Day Challenge
Endurance tech brand Coros enlisted the likes of pro marathoners Molly Seidel and Des Linden to create a special GRD 5K workout. Those who participate will be entered to win a $50 gift card to Coros. Note: You must have the Coros app to participate.
#GlobalRunningDay BIPOC Takeover
The Running Industry Diversity Coalition is mobilizing on June 1 to increase representation of BIPOC runners in the virtual community. “The #GlobalRunningDay hashtag on social media, since the first celebration in 2016, displays an underrepresentation of BIPOC runners and groups,” the coalition wrote on Instagram. They have teamed up with over 30 partners who have committed to increasing racial diversity in their Global Running Day promotions, but have asked that BIPOC runners lean in to using the hashtag. “We want to see many Black, Indigenous, and people of color take up space in our social media feed…” they wrote.
Virtual NYRR Global Running Day 5K
Run this virtual race, hosted by New York Road Runners, now through Sunday June 5. Runners are also invited to join their virtual racer Facebook group for daily inspiration and community building.
“It’s Your Run” with Brooks
Running shoe and apparel brand Brooks is encouraging everyone to get out and run no matter the distance or speed. “It doesn’t matter how far they go; it all counts, because It’s Your Run,” the brand told Women’s Running in an email. Post your run with the hashtag #ItsYourRun on Instagram and receive surprise shout-outs and “medals.”
Run for Others
If you’d like to make Global Running Day an intentional way to give to others while still getting in your miles, the following brands have some goodwill on deck for the holiday.
Under Armour All Out Mile
Under Armour is back this year encouraging runners to “go all out on Global Running Day” by attempting to run the fastest mile. Starting tomorrow through Sunday June 5, runners can attempt the mile race as many times as they want using FitRankings and Under Armour’s MapMyRun. The three fastest women and men will receive cash and gear prizes.
Runners can also compete as a team in attempt to nab the most participants. The teams in America, Europe, Asia, and South Asia with the most mile runners will receive $10,000 donated to a charity of their choice.
Run For the Oceans With Adidas
Going on now through Wednesday, June 8, Adidas has pledged to clean up the ocean in exchange for your sweat. For every 10 minutes run, the brand will remove one plastic bottle from the ocean (or the equivalent in weight). Download the Adidas Running app to track your miles.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Global Running Day Challenge
If you’re also in the market for some new gear, Dick’s Sporting Goods has teamed up with Run to Change Lives to donate to SportsMatter, a Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation initiative that aims to raise awareness around the youth sports funding crisis.
How this GRD campaign works: Register for the Global Running Day Challenge and post your running selfie to the RUN to Change Lives Facebook group on June 1 using the hashtag #GlobalRunningDay. For every registration, Run to Change Lives will donate $5 to SportsMatter. Each runner will also be given a coupon to use at the store.
Global Running Day With Ventures Endurance
Event company Ventures Endurance is supporting Shoes That Fit, a national organization that helps kids get shoes. On Global Running Day, a $10 registration means $5 will go to Shoes That Fit. In return, runners will receive a $15 voucher toward a Ventures Endurance Race.
Tracksmith x Emily Abbate x Everytown For Gun Safety
Another good gear choice this week: Tracksmith will be donating 5 percent of all sales made using coupon code “HURDLE22” to Everytown For Gun Safety. The donations come at the request of podcaster Emily Abbate, whose podcast Hurdle is sponsored this week by the Boston-based apparel company. “This week, in wake of everything that happened in Uvalde, Texas at Robb Elementary I chose to donate 5 percent of all purchases made through this link right here using code Hurdle22 to Everytown,” Abbate shared on her Instagram story.
Using the code will also give you free shipping on your order.