Global Running Day

Global Running Day Quick Facts - CA

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2024 DateJune 5, 2024
2025 DateJune 4, 2025

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Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of the sport of running, aimed at inspiring people of all ages and abilities to get moving. The observance seeks to promote physical fitness, boost mental well-being, and foster a sense of community among runners globally. By emphasizing the benefits of running, this annual event encourages individuals to commit to a healthier lifestyle and join a growing network of runners around the world.

While there is no exact origin for Global Running Day, the event has gained momentum over the past several years, with millions participating worldwide. For Canadian residents, the occasion presents an opportunity to pursue an active lifestyle while enjoying Canada's stunning natural landscapes. Moreover, this celebration aligns with various initiatives in Canada that promote well-being, like the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute's work, highlighting running's value in preventing chronic diseases, reducing stress, and improving mental health.

In Canada, Global Running Day is typically observed on the first Wednesday of June, with numerous events catering to different skill levels and age groups. These activities range from group runs to races, as well as fun, family-friendly events that promote the joy of physical activity. Canadians can find events in their local areas or even start their initiatives by sharing their running experiences through social media using dedicated hashtags. Global Running Day serves as a reminder of the power of running to unite people in Canada and beyond, promoting health and community through a simple yet powerful form of exercise.

Global Running Day facts

  • The difference between running and jogging is intensity. According to BetterHelp, running uses more kilojoules and thus demands more effort from the heart, lungs, and muscles than jogging.
  • Running can help reduce stress, improve mood, alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, and boost overall psychological well-being.
  • Studies have shown that runners tend to live longer than non-runners. Running regularly is associated with a reduced risk of premature death and an increased lifespan.
  • According to surveys, approximately 60% of running event participants in Canada are females. This highlights a strong interest in the sport among Canadian women.
  • The Tely 10 Mile Road Race, held in St. John's, Newfoundland, is the oldest road race in Canada, dating back to 1922.

Top things to do in Canada for Global Running Day

  • Go for a run. Running is a good form of aerobic exercise that can help improve both mental and physical health.
  • Purchase some new running shoes. Well-fitted shoes provide more comfort and they can help prevent injury.
  • Watch a movie about Canadian runners to celebrate. Here are our top picks:
    1. The Terry Fox Story (1983) - A biographical movie about Terry Fox, a heroic Canadian cancer victim who attempted to run across Canada on a prosthetic leg to raise awareness for cancer research.
    2. Default (2014) - A documentary featuring the story of Canadian track star, Fiona Benson, who overcame personal challenges to become a professional runner.
    3. Al Howie (2016) - A documentary about Al Howie, a Canadian ultra-marathon runner who set records in several challenging long-distance races.
  • Visit one of Canada's popular parks and scenic trails like Stanley Park in Vancouver, High Park in Toronto, or Mont-Royal in Montreal to get in your miles.

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