It's 6:30 a.m. and I would venture to bet that around the country and around the world, sneakers are being slipped on, water bottles are being filled, and goals are being set. Today is National Running Day, and runners — even those who may not normally consider themselves runners — are lacing up to celebrate.
National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Think of it like Christmas, Valentine's Day, and a birthday party all rolled into one — and all to celebrate running.
Around the country, group runs, seminars, and giveaways are in full swing for the big day. Here is a sampling of some of the fun that is in store for runners today:
-- ASICS and Foot Locker are offering up 20 percent off in-store tomorrow and will also dole out free tech T-shirts. Foot Locker stores are also hosting giveaways and group runs, and the online retailer Gone For A Run is offering 50 percent off sale merchandise.
-- The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series is offering big discounts on many races for runners who register today.
-- Timex will donate $5 (up to $20,000) to the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which supports cystic fibrosis patients, for every tweet or Instagram post with the hashtag #IMARUNNER. They are also giving away 10 Timex Ironman watches to 10 people who post.
-- If you're looking for a group run, check out The National Running Day community on Meetup.com. There are currently National Running Day events planned in 181 cities across the U.S.
-- Create a National Running Day badge here and be entered to win one of 50 vintage tech hats from New York Road Runners.
-- If you're in New York, be sure to stop by the Westin New York Grand Central to try out the New Balance running gear vending machine. Tweet from the machine to get shoes, socks, T-shirts and more, all free of charge.
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