Arlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased welcome the newly designated Runner Friendly Communities® for summer 2023:
Runner Friendly Communities have shown that they meet the program’s criteria, which includes community infrastructure along with support from local businesses and government. A Runner Friendly Community has a safe network of pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, multi-use trails, paths, share lanes, and more. In addition, the communities work in collaboration with public and private organizations to support and promote running as a sport and healthy activity.
“Communities play a vital role in making running safe and accessible for everyone,” said Jean Knaack, RRCA CEO. “The references from city and state government leaders for this round of Runner Friendly Communities demonstrates the impact of positive relationships between runners and local officials.”
Every five years, a Runner Friendly Community must work with the RRCA to ensure it continues to meet our criteria for the designation. The following communities have successfully renewed their Runner Friendly Community designation:
The goal of the RRCA’s Runner Friendly Community program is to shine a national spotlight on communities that standout as runner-friendly and provide incentives and ideas for communities to work towards becoming runner-friendly communities. Runner Friendly Communities can increase the quality of life; improve physical activity for residents; and provide for increased economic impact for the community.