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RRCA Partners with Offices, Schools to Celebrate RUN@WORK Day and RUN@School Day

The Road Runners Club of America, the largest grassroots running organization in the country, partnered with many offices and schools to promote the 8th Annual RUN@WORK Day and 2nd Annual RUN@School Day on September 20, 2013. Through this partnership, our organizations worked together to promote physical activity and healthy living within our communities and around the country.

The goal of RUN@WORK and RUN@School Day is to encourage adults and children to get 30-minutes of exercise each day, in accordance with the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, either in the morning, during lunch, or immediately following work or school. RUN@WORK and RUN@School Day also encourages companies to help employees schedule time for physical activity.  Incorporating exercise into one’s daily routine can markedly improve one’s overall physical health.

“We chose to participate because I am an avid runner who runs at lunch,” said Valerie Blajeski of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Anchorage, Alaska. “Folks always mention that they’d like to join me but don’t always have an incentive to do so. This event shows them how feasible it is to squeeze in some physical activity during your lunch break.”

Blajeski also noted that her office planned to offer a 5k run or 1 mile walk from along trails adjacent to her office at noon with a potluck lunch to follow. The office also putting out a running clock at the finish so folks can time themselves if they’d like. 

Christopher Wooleyhand, principal of Richard Henry Lee Elementary School in Glen Burnie, Maryland, says his staff running team is “sponsored the event to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, not just for students but also for school staff members.” The school began the day with a 7:50 A.M. staff run where participants lapped the building twice. At recess, close to 500 students ran a cross country course, where every finisher will receive a medal. Also, throughout the day, teachers took smaller groups of students outside for various running activities.

“The RRCA is excited to have had so many great offices and schools involved in our RUN@WORK Day series of events”, said Jean Knaack, executive director of the RRCA.  “Participation in the 8th Annual RUN@WORK Day and 2nd Annual RUN@School Day is an important step in raising awareness about the importance of daily physical activity. If adults can lead by example, if companies and schools can encourage healthy living, then together we can combat the inactivity crisis gripping our nation.”

Throughout RUN@Work and RUN@School Day, participants have been sharing their pictures, observations and videos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #runatwork. Log on to any of these social media networks and search for #runatwork to follow along or join in the conversation.

For more information about our RUN@WORK Day and RUN@School Day events, visit the event’s website or contact Andy Smith, RRCA Programs Coordinator by email at programs@rrca.org or by phone at 703-525-3890.

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