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This Wednesday, June 5, is Global Running Day. Is it a made-up holiday? Sort of. But unlike many made-up holidays dedicated to celebrating guilty pleasures, Global Running Day has the purpose of celebrating running and encouraging kids and beginners to try it.
And just as I will take any excuse to drink a margarita on National Margarita Day (Feb. 22) or eat a hot dog on National Hot Dog Day (July 17) or down a slice of pumpkin pie on National Pumpkin Day (Oct. 26), I’m happy to celebrate running, because it brings me great joy.
If you’re in New York City, the New York Road Runners have a bounty of events for you, including a talk with Matt Futterman, deputy sports editor of The New York Times, who will be at the New York Road Runner’s Run Center at 6 p.m. on June 5 to discuss his new book, “Running to the Edge,” about the running coach Bob Larsen.
If you’re not in New York City, the New York Road Runners are hosting a virtual mile run. Most likely, your local running store or club is having an event as well. For example, the Carmel Runners Club in Indiana is doing a group run that ends at a brewery. Runners’ Choice in Kingston, Ontario, is having a group run with giveaways. And all Fleet Feet stores will be part of “The Big Run,” which tallies how many miles are run across their events and enters runners in drawings for things like having the most common finish line time, and finishing in the exact middle of the pack.
How will you be celebrating? Let me know — I’m on Twitter @byjenamiller. I’m not quite sure what I’ll be doing that day yet because I’m on a cross-country road trip and haven’t decided where I’ll be on June 5. (I’m in Kansas City right now, about to make my way across Kansas to Colorado). I loosely plan my travel, just as Geoffrey Morrison advises in this great travel piece. I highly recommend reading it — and leaving a lot of flexibility in your travel plans.
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Jen A. Miller is the author of “Running: A Love Story.”