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Runners Unite on Fifth Annual ‘National Running Day’

This week marked the fifth annual National Running Day, which was created to shine a light on the many ways in which running improves lives and society.  In its brief history, National Running Day has become a mostly informal celebration, as running has become increasingly popular.  According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, more than 50 million Americans lace up their sneakers and run each year, with a little over half of which who run 50 days or more throughout the year.

I Run logoCreated in 2009, National Running Day is held the first Wednesday in June and is organized by the New York Road Runners, Boston Athletic Association, Running USA, and USA Track & Field.  Geared specifically towards this day, organized group runs are held in more than 130 cities.  This year the organizers of National Running Day are encouraging runners to donate to the One Fund Boston, which was created to help the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15.

“It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun,” reads the description on the National Running Day site. “It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.”

At LVM, running is an important part of our office culture.  With a handful of marathons under our belts, spreading from Orange County to Malibu and Catalina, we’ve put in quite a few miles and know what it takes to be considered an ‘avid runner’.

So, in honor of National Running Day, we want to share a list of a few local running events in the month of June:

Finally, we want to share why we run and, particularly, why we choose to run marathons.  Even after all the strenuous training, aching limbs and exhaustion, it’s that feeling of accomplishment and pride that gives us the drive to keep those legs moving.  We’ve sworn before that we’d never run another marathon, but in the end, it’s somehow all worth it and yes, we’re already looking forward to the next one!

Catalina Marathon OC Marathon

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