185 Countries participating, and over 1,245,083 people already pledged to run today, it’s not too late for you to join in and RUN! Pledge here

In celebration of Global Running Day today, Brooks Running is making childhood dreams come true by inviting all runners to become a Brooks endorsed athlete with the Brooks Big Endorsement. Brooks-endorsed athletes will receive a $1 check and access to content from Brooks experts about training, nutrition, and a ton of other running related topics.

If you’re pressed for time and can only squeeze in a mile or two, there are some virtual options as well.

Strava launched The Strava Mile, a campaign to encourage everyone to run their fastest mile. Log your time for a chance to win a pair of running shoes for yourself and up to 10 of your Strava followers.

Asics is challenging you to run a total of 60 minutes anytime between May 30th and June 6th. By doing so, ASICS will donate $1 per person to the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) organization.

Under Armour used MapMyRun to figure out the most popular running routes in the U.S. They also launched a site where you can create a custom meme that says, “Skip today. Run Instead.”

Any run counts, but if a solo run isn’t your idea of a celebration, then look no further! We’ve got your plans covered from race registration specials to fun runs across the nation. Scroll down to your area or state to find out what’s going on.


The Big Sur Marathon is offering $10 off the November 12th Monterey Bay Half Marathon and the August 5th Salinas Valley Half Marathon, and $5 off the June 18th Run in the Name of Love 5K or dog-friendly 2K. To register, use the discount code – GRD17.

FitOne Boise is offering special 24-hour pricing of $20 for any of their races—5K, 10K, or Half Marathon—on June 7.


The Fleet Feet Sports running shoe chain store is celebrating with group runs at stores in 40 locations nationwide. The Big Run will do something the store has never done before: hold a nationally coordinated 5K race in these different locations all on the same day. The races will have raffles, prizes, and refreshments after. Find your local store for event schedules.

JackRabbit running stores will be hosting various events in their locations all over the country. They’ll also have deals on shoes like Nike, Saucony, Brooks, and Asics.

Events by State:


Angel City Brewery & Public House Fun Run | 6:30 p.m.: Los Angeles, CA

9RUN6 Fun Runs | 5:30 a.m.: Sacramento, CA

A Snail’s Pace Running Club Fun Run | 6:15 p.m.: Fountain Valley, CA


Marathon High 5K Fun Run | 6:30pm: Jacksonville, FL

Track Shack Fun Run | 6pm: Orlando, FL


Atlanta Track Club Around The Clock Group Runs | Midnight-11:59pm: Atlanta, GA


CARA Chicago Group Run | 4:45 a.m.: Chicago, IL


Back on My Feet Indianapolis Fun Run | 5:45am: Indianapolis, IN

Runners Forum Fun Run | 6 p.m.: Greenwood, IN


KC Running Company Fun Run | 6 p.m.: Leawod, KS

Garmin Marathon Virtual Race | 9 a.m.: Olathe, KS


Twin Cities in Motion & Running Room Group Runs | 6 p.m.: Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN

Fulton Brewing Beer Run | 6 p.m., Minneapolis, MN

New Jersey

Running Co. of Haddonfield Group Run | 6:30 p.m.: Haddonfield, NJ

North Jersey Masters Global Run Day 5K | 6p.m.: Ridgewood, NJ

New York

New York Road Runners Coach-led Group Runs | 9 a.m.: Manhattan, NYC

NYRR’s Global Running Day Treadmill Challenge | June 6, 8 a.m.: Manhattan, NYC

Mighty Milers Fun Run For Kids | 10:30 a.m.: Manhattan, NYC

NYRR Team for Kids Charity Run | 6:30 p.m.: Central Park, NYC

New York Road Runners Open Runs | 7 p.m.: Multiple Locations, NYC

Westin Times Square Community Run | 5 a.m.: Manhattan, NYC

Reebok Community Run With Runner’s World | 6:30 p.m.: Manhattan, NYC

North Carolina

The OBX Running Company 5K | 7:30 a.m.: Kill Devil Hills, NC

NoDa Brewing Run Club | 6:30 p.m.: Charlotte, NC


Back on My Feet Philadelphia Treadmill Charity Challenge | 11 a.m.-7 p.m.: Philadelphia, PA

Global Running Day Community Run | 5:30 p.m.: Philadelphia, PA

261 Fearless Club Doylestown Run | 8:30 a.m.: Doylestown, PA


The Local Bar Community Run | 6 p.m.: Katy, TX

Galveston Island Brewing Run | 6:30 p.m.: Galveston, TX

Syngery Total Holistic Health and Wellness Run | 6:30 p.m.: Houston, TX


Green Flash Brewery 5K | June 6, 6:15 p.m.: Virginia Beach, VA

And Global Running Day is, of course, global. Here’s a list of events happening all around the world.

By: Danielle Zicki, RUNNER’S WORLD


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