Next Wednesday, June 3, is the inaugural National Running Day in the U.S. The purpose of the day is to "come together as a nation to take strides toward leading healthier, fitter lives," according to the National Running Day Web site. All it takes to participate in National Running Day is to get out and run. There’s no minimum distance required -- you can even run/walk if you choose. Some cities are hosting special events, such as a Deena Kastor-led run in New York City.
So whether you're new to running or you've been running for years, National Running Day is the perfect excuse to run and celebrate all the reasons running is a great way to exercise.