Thursday, October 18, 2012

World Run Day 2012

I recently found out about World Run Day 2012.  It takes place on Sunday November 11, 2012 at 9 a.m. (or whatever time you decide to run it).  Below was taken from the website- they describe/define the event the best.

About World Run Day
World Run Day was founded to celebrate the sport of running worldwide. Our mission is to broaden and promote the health benefits of running while also encouraging runners to donate to their own favorite charity on this special day. We support our mission by providing free tools to either individuals or groups who are interested in hosting a World Run Day event in their community. Through a combination of communications to members of the running community, the running industry, and various media outlets, we plan to bring awareness of the event internationally. We've also started a Virtual Run Series to help gain participants throughout the year.
Our belief is that by gaining attention through a worldwide celebration, we can educate others of the health benefits of running and secure a healthy future for both young and old. Although World Run Day is a member of Running USA, it reaches internationally to form partnerships with others in countries willing to spread the concept. Due to the high cost of advertising, we rely on enthusiastic volunteers to host our event in different cities. We also like to be creative in videos and other art forms to create a buzz in the running community. Use of social media with volunteers is highly desired.
World Run Day’s programs and activities are guided by the following goals:
Promote Running — World Run Day works with partner organizations to promote the health benefits of running for all citizens young and old. Recent emphasis has been placed on running as a solution to end childhood obesity. Partnering with running organizations, schools, corporations, and charities occurs throughout the year.
Promote Charitable Giving — World Run Day is committed to having an international day of charitable giving as part of its running event. In many instances there is a lack of funding to help unfortunate people in their circumstances. The running community can help others who are the victims of natural disasters, disease, or any worthy cause embraced by the runner. We specifically request charities to partner with us to celebrate the run-for-charity concept.
Mobilize the Running Community — World Run Day reaches out to partners in the running community that hope to elevate the sport of running in their community while also promoting the benefits of running and providing locations for people to run locally.
Create Event Director Tools — World Run Day creates tools for local event directors to use (free of charge) which help produce a World Run Day event in their location. World Run Day also provides links to other resources that can benefit the event director.
Inspire and engage college students to become running leaders — World Run Day’s campus outreach program is intended to inspire members of a younger generation to lift the torch for youth runners around the globe. Getting runners within colleges and universities to participate is a goal that can combine the efforts of community service with local charity.
Support World Run Day Celebrations around the World — World Run Day, which always occurs in November, is a tremendous day for running and charitable giving.

So when I read about this event I decided to sign up.  I'm trying to decide between asking friends/family to donate to either the Coralville Food Bank/Pantry or Girls on the Run Johnson County.  I'll make my decision on which charity and let you guys know.  If anyone is interested in participating in this event let me know. My goal is 8 miles, but you could run/walk any amount with me. You get a printable Bib number to put on your running gear for the day.  It is a great way to get people involved with running, raise money for charity and promote running as part of life. Plus for signing up you get a t-shirt with the above image printed on it- how cool is that!

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