Like running? Like social media? Boy is this the holiday for you:
National Running Day was upgraded this year to Global Running Day, and my Facebook and Twitter accounts have been blowing up all day with people singing the praises of this simple sport (as if we don't annoy the hell out of people already with our incessant run talk, we had to go and create a day where we kick it into overdrive...).
This holiday always falls on the first Wednesday of June, meaning I always end up celebrating it with my Wednesday night run crew Who's Up? over at the Haddonfield Running Company.
This year, though, owner Dave Welsh truly outdid himself. Our group run is 6.6 miles long, so he recruited six race directors to come and promote their races at each mile marker along the route. Runners received two raffle tickets at the store, and could choose two of the six races to drop their tickets into buckets while running by for a chance to win a free entry. Just another example of the creative marketing that Dave employs and why I love the Haddonfield Running Company.
|Photo by Ron Riskie|
It ended up being the biggest crowd I've ever seen at a Wednesday night group run.
We were packed to the rafters until 8 o'clock when each race held its drawing. I had put in tickets for the Haddon Twp. Turkey Trot and the Bridge 10k, each in November, but sadly I didn't win either one. Still didn't dampen my spirit, though, as it was a great evening either way.
Happy Global Running Day, everyone! Can't wait for next year!