Austin runners volunteer on National Running Day

June 3, 2013 by  

As National Running Day is celebrated throughout the United States, runners from Austin Texas will be combining their group run with time spent volunteering on a community project. The Runners’ Day of Service will take place this year for the first time in Austin, hopefully being adopted by other running groups.

National Running Day was launched five years ago by the New York Road Runners to promote running, and takes place the first Wednesday in June each year, so June 5 this year. It has now become a collaboration between the Atlanta Track Club, Competitor Group, Running USA, and several other organizations.

One of the organizers of the event, Eli Asch, spoke of the desire to give something back to the community, and the service day is an effective way to demonstrate this. Asch is also operations manager for Conley Sports Production, which is responsible for the marathon and half marathon in Austin each year.

Runners who are taking part in Runners’ Day of Service will run two to four miles, before volunteering at a local non-profit for the day. Projects to benefit include the Foundation Communities, which helps families on a low income with affordable housing. Volunteers will serve breakfast to the families.

Austin Pets Alive will also be helped as volunteers paint the sheds housing the animals. Other services to the community will be provided by volunteers. Although the event has been promoted using social networking sites, local print companies may have been asked to provide poster printing services to promote awareness to those without online access.