Today is the day to get your run on for fitness and fun. Wherever you live, the Road Runners Club of America invites you to join in the fun of RUN@WORK Day and RUN@School Day on Sept. 18. Running is a great way to enjoy physical activity alone or with family and friends, so take a break from your work or school day and enjoy a short run.
The goal of the 10th annual RUN@WORK Day and the fourth annual RUN@School Day is to encourage adults and children to exercise each day, in accordance with the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Take an early morning run before you head for work or school, run during your lunch break or enjoy a run after you finish work or school for the day. RUN@WORK Day also encourages companies to assist employees with time for physical activity.
The Road Runners Club of America is the oldest and largest U.S. organization dedicated to distance running, with member clubs around the country. Each year since 1958, the Road Runners Club of America awards championship events at state, regional and national level. This year’s RRCA National 10 Mile Championship events are the Marine Corps Marathon 10K on Oct. 25 in Washington, D.C. and the Nashville Ultra Marathon on Nov. 7 in Nashville, Tenn.
Adding exercise to your daily routine can significantly improve your health, regardless of your age. The National Physical Activity Plan, developed through the cooperative efforts of the private and public sectors, calls for adults to exercise a minimum of 30 minutes per day and children to exercise at least 60 minutes per day.
Upcoming local running events to add to your calendar include: Amazing Mile Children’s Run on Sept. 25, 42nd Annual Genworth Virginia 10 Miler on Sept. 26, Amherst Habitat for Humanity 5K on Oct. 10, 25th Annual John A. Stephenson Memorial Youth Run on Oct. 17, 8th Annual I Am Woman 5K on Oct. 31, CASA Superhero Run on Nov. 7 and HumanKind Turkey Trot 5K and Youth Run on Nov. 26. For additional information and registration for local events, visit Riverside Runners at 2480 Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg.
Begin a running program slowly, gradually increasing distance, speed and frequency. Learn good running techniques to avoid injuries and develop good running habits. Running should be fun for kids. Younger kids can participate in fun runs and work their way up to more competitive events by middle or high school age.
Whether you’re a new runner or an old pro, take time today to RUN@WORK or RUN@School. Run before, during or after work or school and see the difference running can make in your life.