In the last 10 years, 48% more people are running and jogging; 38% more people are running and walking on treadmills; and 16% more people are trail running. That's a whole lotta newbies! If you're just starting out, there's a good chance you're already convinced that running is one of the best ways to exercise. It keeps your heart strong, gets you outdoors and — besides a good pair of running shoes — it requires no equipment. There is also a great sense of camaraderie among runners.
“Running unites people and often whole cities and towns,” said Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners, in a release.
National Running Day (Wednesday, June 5) is a great way to reflect on your health and explore new ways to get (or stay) in shape. You can also honor other runners by joining in a group run or donating to a charity that supports disabled runners.
“This year, runners told us they wanted to use National Running Day as a way to show support for the victims of the Boston bombings, so we’ve made special ribbons and bibs for events across the country. Runners can also donate to the One Fund Boston through the National Running Day website.”
In honor of National Running Day, Brooks Running compiled some interesting statistics about runners, their quirky habits and what they are buying. Check out the graphic below (click to zoom in), and then get out and start running!