Global Running Day Challenge: Dedicate Your Run to Help Kids With Disabilities

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Get your run in AND give back! Tag us in your running photo and we’ll donate to Athletes Helping Athletes to help kids receive adaptive bikes.

Global Running Day is all about celebrating the running community and our unabashed love of all things running. This year, we’re giving this celebratory day extra purpose:

For every runner who runs on Global Running Day (Wednesday, June 6 2018) and tags us in their photos using #GlobalRunningDay and #AmazingAHAKids, we’ll donate a dollar to our Road Runner Sports-owned charity, Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA).

AHA raises donations for kids with permanent disabilities to gift them with adaptive bikes so they can feel the thrill of going fast.

Share the Joy of ‘Going Fast’: Give Back to Kids This Global Running Day

There are few things as exhilarating as the feeling of running on your favorite trail or path and feeling the wind against your skin and in your hair. But for some kids, the joy of going fast is either unrealized or seemingly out of reach. The kids we’ve worked with through Athletes Helping Athletes have permanent physical disabilities, like spina bifida, which often leave them paralyzed, wheel-chair bound or with very limited use of their limbs.

But, there’s good news! Donations to AHA raise money to help kids get adaptive bikes. And the difference this makes in their lives – we’ve seen it first hand –  is immense. Crutches, wheelchairs and braces are limiting, but adaptive bikes – they help these kids experience life in a whole new way. Check out some of the amazing kids who’ve received adaptive bikes from AHA over the years:

This Fourth Grader Refuses to Let Spina Bifida Hold Her Back: Julia’s Story

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When you’re Julia Kuba, nothing, not even Spina Bifida, can hold you back. This little lady is inspiring! 

How a Bike Can Change a Kid’s Life: Sebastian’s Story

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All kids should get to feel the exhilaration of going fast and the joy of biking with family members. But for some kids, that feeling doesn’t come easy.

Join in on the Fun: Give Back This Global Running Day

Inspired to help? It’s SUPER easy.

  1. Tag us in a photo of your Global Running Day run on Instagram or Twitter
  2. Use #GlobalRunningDay and #AmazingAHAKids (please use both so we can track submissions and tally donation amounts accordingly).
  3. That’s it!

For every runner who tags us with these hashtags on Global Running Day, we’ll contribute $1 to Athletes Helping Athletes.*

If you don’t plan to run this Global Running Day, but you would like to donate to Athletes Helping Athletes (thank you!), you can do so here: Donate to AHA.

Tune in for Global Running Day Festivities

Facebook Live

We’ll be live streaming friends, employees and other enthusiastic runners running in support of AHA on Global Running Day for 12 hours on a treadmill at our San Diego store.

Instagram

Follow us on Instagram to check out Instagram stories from runners like you who are celebrating the day and helping raise donations for Athletes Helping Athletes.

Disclaimers and details: 

*Road Runner Sports will donate up to $15,000 to Athletes Helping Athletes this Global Running Day. Donations are counted per runner, not per run. To count your run as a donation toward Athletes Helping Athletes, you must run on Global Running Day (June 6, 2018) and tag us in your photo on Global Running Day using both the #GlobalRunningDay and #AmazingAHAKids hashtags. We’ll donate $1 for every runner who tags us accordingly. 

Related articles from Road Runner Sports:

Paralympic 2014 Gold Medalist. Brody Robal, to Go for the Gold Again in 2018

This Fourth-Grader Refuses to Let Spina Bifida Hold Her Back: Julia’s Story

How a Bike Can Change a Kid’s Life: Sebastian’s Story

Author bio:

Sam enjoys running, spending time in nature with her husband and loving on any and all animals, especially her cat. Her other passions include social media (she’s the social media manager at Road Runner Sports) and content marketing. Follow her on Twitter at @SamKerstetter and Instagram at @shosenka7.

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