Tuesday, January 10, 2012

1st Annual Run to Work Day!

We've all heard of "Ride Your Bike to Work" day, "No Pants on the Subway" day and all the other themed "To Work" days, but Ultrarunner Shannon Price has been busy pimping out a themed commute day that's right up my alley:



Slated to be on February 24th, 2012, Run to Work Day is meant to "motivate, inspire, have fun, and replace a commute to/from work or home office." With just a few basic rules, Price focuses on fun and safety as his biggest goals he hopes the day will achieve.

1. Be Safe – Please take the time to prepare a good safe route. Tell others where you are going and when you intend to get there. Please let others know when you have arrived. I recommend a headlamp (if needed), reflective gear, and lighter colored clothing.

2. Be Prepared – Running in late February can sometime be harder than normal (which makes it more fun). Be adequately dressed and have nutrition to cover the mileage. Please carry a cell phone if possible.

3. Document – I would love to read everyone’s stories, see pictures, and view videos from your journey. That is why the Facebook page is created. Feel free to post before, during, and after. Tell others what nutrition you are going to carry and how you plan to run your route well in advance. Take the time to encourage others and help in anyway you can. Also feel free to post your blogs and use the logo is you would like.

4. Be Safe – I know…repeat…but I plan on a Second Annual if this one goes well and want all of you here to experience the “fun” again.

5. No Whining – do I need to say more?

6. Treat Yourself – Yes this is a rule. After your run take a moment to buy yourself a “treat” for your accomplishments. I cannot give out medals so this will be your medal. Please also take a picture and post on the Facebook page.

7. Have Fun – This should be a great event so please remember to smile, say hello to others, and enjoy the running. You will be surprised if you stay positive how much fun a cold winter run can become. If the run becomes not as much fun please look back to Rule #5.

With over 600 people already committed to the event, the movement is starting to gain traction; are you willing to forego the car keys in favor of running shoes?

Join the event over at Facebook, here.

Thanks to Sir Rubs of RenoHHH for liking the event on FB! 

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