ATLANTA – May 26, 2015 – Atlanta Track Club and Big Island Running Company are pairing up to make sure National Running Day starts and finishes strong with organized group runs. Atlanta Track Club will host the first run of National Running Day with a midnight (Eastern Time) run while Big Island Running Company in Hawaii will hold a run at 11:30 p.m. (Hawaii–Aleutian Standard Time) on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.
“National Running Day is about lacing up and celebrating our sport with the community,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director. “Atlanta Track Club will kick off the 2015 celebration at midnight in the east, watch groups across the nation participate throughout the day and then see our partners at Big Island Running Company close out National Running Day with the last run in our country.”
Atlanta Track Club will kick off National Running Day at midnight on June 3 with a 3-mile fun run that starts and finishes at Atlanta Track Club’s office in Buckhead. Atlanta Track Club will hold a second group run at 6 a.m. in Piedmont Park, where participants can either run through the park or take part in an interval training session on the Active Oval.
Big Island Running Company and Atlanta Track Club will both provide refreshments and give away prizes for the participants at their respective late-night runs. Big Island Running Company’s special run will begin at 11:30 p.m. in Kona at the Alii Drive store and weave through the Kailua Village before returning to the store at midnight.
“We are excited to team up with Atlanta Track Club to bookend National Running Day,” said Melissa Braswell, owner of Big Island Running Company. “As the last time zone in the U.S., we look forward to hosting the last run on that day. The Big Island is a very active community and we look forward to celebrating running and our unique location. Hopefully these fun special events will encourage some new runners to hit the roads.”
All group runs are free and open to the public. Since 2009, running organizations across the United States have encouraged runners to gather on the first Wednesday in June to celebrate their passion with National Running Day.
About Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 21,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Atlanta 10 Miler and Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.