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World Run Day - Gearing Up For November 7th

A Concept Runners Love: Running and Donating

NEW YORK, NY Sept. 15 World Run Day, the International Day for Running and charitable giving, takes place this year on Sunday, November 7th.
Since 1999, thousands from around the world have participated in World Run Day by running - any distance, anywhere - in organized events, small groups, or individually in the Virtual Run. In addition, the runners traditionally make a contribution directly to their favorite charity, distributing the proceeds to a vast number of worthwhile causes. From Seattle to London , Philadelphia to Sydney, and anywhere in between, hundreds of charitable organizations continue to benefit from this annual event.

“It’s taken some time, but people really agree that we need an international day of running and an international day of charity,” says Bill McDermott , president and founder of World Run Day.

In 2003, World Run Day featured group events in 19 cities in the US and Canada , the United Kingdom , Sweden , Australia , and Poland . A World Run Day 10k race was even hosted by American servicemen and women stationed in Qandahar , Afghanistan . Runners participated in everything from a 50-yard dash to a full marathon. In all, over 600 cities worldwide were represented.

“In 1999 we had about 100 runners; in 2009 we had nearly 2,000,” McDermott says. "My full-tiime job is demanding this year, but I've kept at it because people just love the concept of the event. I've also been fortunate to attend Running USA Annual Conventions in the past to meet new people and spread the news of the event".

Rock star Sting and wife Trudie Styler once lent support to the World Run Day event by stating: "It is a great way for people around the world to come together and raise money for charity". For more information, contact Bill McDermott at (917) 626-9623, or browse the World Run Day web site at

About World Run Day
World Run Day was founded to celebrate the sport of running worldwide. Our mission is to broaden and promote the health benefits of running while also encouraging runners to donate to their own favorite charity on this special day. We support our mission by providing free tools to either individuals or groups who are interested in hosting a World Run Day event in their community. Through a combination of communications to members of the running community, the running industry, and various media outlets, we plan to bring awareness of the event internationally.

World Run Day, a member of Running USA (RUSA),

Bill McDermott
World Run Day
Phone: 1 917-626-9623


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