Fitness

Here Are the Best Ways to Celebrate Global Running Day in Boston

Doesn't matter if you're going fast or slow, lace up your sneakers on June 5 and get moving.


Global Running Day

Photograph by Trevor Reid

Even if you don’t particularly enjoy pavement pounding, you must consider yourself lucky to live in one of the greatest running cities in the world and home to the best marathon—so celebrating Global Running Day is pretty much your birthright as a Bostonian. But for all the naysayers (of both seemingly made-up holidays and running, myself included) this global day of recognition for the sport brings to light one theme seen across all modalities of fitness: movement. And it encourages kids and beginners to get out there and try it as well, and that’s something we should all get behind.

So, whether you go fast or slow, lace up your sneakers and hit up one of these events around the city for Global Running Day on June 5 and celebrate being able to move in whichever way you choose. And if you get the bug, or need some inspiration of places to explore on your own two legs, check out these running routes we’ve organized by distance and mapped out just for you, or perhaps one of these lesser-known picturesque trails will strike your fancy.

Global Run Day hosted by Lululemon: Meet at Lululemon Newbury Street for this good old-fashioned 2-mile foot race. You’ll be able to drop your bag at the store and get in a 1-2 mile warm-up before you go all out. There will be food, drinks, and prizes afterwards.

Free, June 5, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Lululemon Newbury, 337 Newbury St., Boston, eventbrite.com 

Back On My Feet Treadmill Challenge: Join Back On My Feet, a non-profit helping the homeless through the sport of running, at Heartbreak Hill for a treadmill challenge to raise critical funds for the company. Runners will run shifts in teams of eight for four hours and will compete for additional prizes.

$30, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Heartbreak Hill Running Company Treadmill Studio, 294 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, give.backonmyfeet.org

Global Running Day Bootcamp Run: This week’s bootcamp run with the Boston Midnight Runners will start at Reebok in the Seaport before heading out for a six-mile run around town. The run includes three exercise stops and party music along the way. You must be able to run 4-miles comfortably. Bonus: the Reebok store will be open late for additional shopping and attendees will receive a 50 percent off store discount.

Free, June 5, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Reebok HQ and Store, 25 Drydock Ave., Boston, facebook.com

She Runs Boston National Running Day: Everyone is encouraged to join this fun run around the Charles River starting at the Athleta store on Newbury. There will be leads and sweeps for both the three-and-four mile runs so no one will be left behind.

Free, June 5, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Athleta, 92 Newbury St., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Global Running Day with Marathon Sports: Swing by the Marathon Sports store on Boylston before heading out for a fun run along the Charles followed by drinks and refreshments afterwards.

Free, June 5, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Marathon Sports, 671 Boylston St., Boston, eventbrite.com

Two-Mile Jog and Gentle Yoga Class: Athleta and CorePower Yoga are joining forces to bring you an evening of running and yoga. You’ll start out with a two-mile jog from the Athleta store before meeting back on your mat for a relaxing yoga stretch. Please bring your own yoga mat, limited ones available.

Free, June 5, 7 p.m.-9 o.m., Athleta, 92 Newbury St., Boston, eventbrite.com

El Pelon Run: What could be better than running and tacos (in that order)? You’re right, nothing. Celebrate Global Running Day with this fun run around Boston to benefit the Boston Road Runners mission to inspire and support youth running. Then, head to El Pelon Taqueria for food and drinks.

$10, June 5, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., El Pelon Taqueria, 92 Peterborough St., Boston, facebook.com