New Yorkers to kick off their morning with NYRR Open Run at Morningside Park; youth to engage in Rising New York Road Runners Field Day at Icahn Stadium; Virtual NYRR Global Running Day 5K offers chance for runners to take part around the world


New York, May 26, 2022 – New York Road Runners (NYRR) will offer opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in Global Running Day on Wednesday, June 1 with a celebratory Open Run in Morningside Park, a Rising New York Road Runners Field Day for youth at Icahn Stadium, and a virtual 5K for people looking to join in on the festivities from around the world.


Global Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday of June, is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone of all ages and abilities to get moving and be active.


“Global Running Day is a celebration that brings people and communities together around the world through their shared passion for running and staying active,” said NYRR CEO Kerin Hempel. “This year, NYRR is excited to engage local runners of all ages across New York City’s five boroughs to showcase the transformative power of running, and also to provide a virtual race platform to connect with our running communities near and far.”


Runners can be a part of NYRR’s Global Running Day events in the following ways:


  • NYRR Open Runs: A special NYRR Open Run, which is a free, community-led fun run and walk, will take place at Morningside Park in Manhattan to kick off the day. The NYRR Open Run program launched in 2015, and since then has had more than 18,000 participants across the five boroughs. There are currently 13 Open Run sites operating, with two more expected to relaunch this year coming out of the pandemic.


  • Rising New York Road Runners Field Day: Nearly 1,000 kids from the Rising New York Road Runners program across the five boroughs will come together for fun running and fitness activities to celebrate the day at Icahn Stadium.
  • Virtual NYRR Global Running Day 5K: Those who are not in NYC or unable to attend any in-person events can join in on the celebrations by taking part in the Virtual NYRR Global Running Day 5K anytime from May 28 – June 5. Kids looking to participate virtually have the option to sign up for the Virtual Global Running Day 1 Mile Kids Run during the same time frame. NYRR’s virtual races, powered by Strava, allow runners anywhere in the world to run a race at their convenience in a location of their choice over a specified period of time.


NYRR is one of several running organizations around the world hosting events and celebrations to bring people together through running on June 1. Other events can be found at



About New York Road Runners (NYRR)

NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire people through running. Since 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, virtual races, community events, free youth running initiatives and school programs, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to Run for Life. NYRR’s premier event is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features a wide population of runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. To learn more, visit