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Runner Friendly Business

A Runner Friendly Community should be able to prove that organizations and businesses work together in a positive manner to promote running as a healthy exercise and sport.  A Runner Friendly Community ideally has a specialty running store along with other Runner Friendly Businesses. 

  • Runner Friendly Businesses (coffee shops, restaurants, other merchants, etc) are engaged with the running community. They host group runs and offer discounts to local running club members; are willing to serve as a pre or post run meeting spot; share their parking lots during non-business hours; allow runners to use their bathroom facilities as needed; serve as safe places that runners can stop at if they need to use the phone or get out of unsafe weather, or fill a water bottle to prevent dehydration; and support clubs through race sponsorships including in-kind donations, publicity, etc.
  • Runner friendly businesses should be willing to hang the RRCA Runner Friendly Business static window decals in a window letting runners know the business supports the running community and is a safe place for runners in times of need.
  • Businesses or RRCA members can purchase RRCA Runner Friendly Business static window decals to hang in advance of applying for the designation to show that local businesses are runner friendly.
  • RRCA members are encourage to purchase the Runner Friendly Business window decals and designate local businesses as runner friendly.

To help clubs promote and recruit businesses into this effort, we have created a fact sheet that can be given to a runner friendly business owner at the time a window decal is presented.  The fact sheet outlines that runner friendly businesses are engaged with the running community, and they:

  • host group runs and offer discounts to local running club members;
  • are willing to serve as a pre or post run meeting spot;
  • share their parking lots during non-business hours;
  • allow runners to use their bathroom facilities as needed;
  • serve as safe places that runners can stop at if they need to use the phone or get out of unsafe weather, or fill a water bottle to prevent dehydration; and
  • support clubs through race sponsorships including in-kind donations, publicity, etc.

Purchase decals today at www.rrca.org/publications/.

Download the Runner Friendly Business fact sheet to customize and share with local businesses.

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