From National to Global Running Day

Global Running Day, or National Running Day as it was originally called, is the first Wednesday in June. The first National Running Day kicked off in 2009 and changed its name from National to Global in 2016.

Once it became a global event in 2016, lovers of running from around the world celebrated their special day. In 2016 over 2.5 million people worldwide participated in the event. That first Global Running Day was observed throughout the U.S. with special runs led by celebrity runners.

Today over 100 organizations from around the world support Global Running Day. Some of the more famous organizations include USA Track & FieldBoston Athletic Association, Atlanta Track Club, and the Abbott World Marathon Majors.


Potomac River Running’s Special Guest

How do I plan to celebrate Global Running Day? Oh no big deal, I’m just going to go on a run with Meb!

You read that right. Meb Keflezighi will be at my favorite local running store for a Q&A session, fun run, and ice cream social. Hopefully, my back will cooperate and allow me to do at least a little bit of the fun run so I can claim fame to running with Meb.

From Potomac River Running’s email invitation…


I’m super excited for a fun evening with running friends as we celebrate Global Running Day in a big way!


  • • What are your Global Running Day plans?
  • • What running celebrities have you met or seen at races or running events? ~ I’ve met Katherine Switzer, Bart Yasso, Jeff Galloway, and Alan Webb.
  • • When did you first hear about Global Running Day? ~ My first documented Global Running Day was in 2013, the first year of my blog.