On September 20, 2013, is the 8th Annual Run@Work Day nationwide. Company based wellness programs, human resources departments, running clubs, running events, running shoe stores, and individuals nationwide are encouraged to plan fun runs and walks around the country with their employers.
In the past, we have hosted some Run@Work Days. This year we want to help you get a run/walk organized in your company or organization. There are so many benefits to workplace wellness and the camaraderie of running/walking together is great for team spirit! There are many small and cost effective or no cost ways to improve your workplace and increase productivity, while lowering overall health care costs! We are happy to provide more information. So, some planning details are below. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help with. All the best on your efforts! firstname.lastname@example.org
Why National Run@Work Day?
The goal of Run@Work Day, founded by the Road Runners Club of America, is to encourage adults to get 30-minutes of exercise each day, in accordance with the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, either before work, during lunch, or immediately following work. Run@Work Day also encourages companies to help employees schedule time for physical activity.
Incorporating exercise into one’s daily routine can markedly improve one’s overall physical health.
- Run@Work Day events can be hosted by company-based wellness programs, human resources departments, running clubs, running events, running shoe stores, schools, and anyone interested in promoting physical activity.
- The event should be a fun run and/or walking event with the duration of at least 30-minutes held before work, during lunch, or immediately after work or all of the above in order to accommodate varying schedules.
- Event hosts should work with a company’s human resources department or staff to organize and promote the event within the company.
- Work with local sponsors to provide participant incentives, event support, and promotions
- Simply make time to get 30-minutes of running or walking on September 20, 2013 and bring a co-worker or family member with you.
Planning Your Run@Work Day or Run@School Day Event
1. Work with your employer or local school to gain support from management for hosting a Run@Work Day or Run @School event from your place of work or your local school(s).
2. Determine if you will host your event before work or school, during lunch, immediately at the end of the work-day or school day, or at all three times.
3. Follow the RRCA Guidelines for Safe Events or RRCA Guidelines for Leading a Group Run. www.rrca.org
4. Plan a route for your participants. Choose a central location where everyone can meet-up at the specified start time. The route should be approximately 3-5K in distance to allow people to run or walk for at least thirty minutes. A route can be an out and back from a central starting point or a loop course. Use a mapping tool such as Gmap-Pedometer to help you determine your route. The course should be pedestrian friendly.
5. Use an event registration service like RunSignUp.com or create a Facebook event page to collect names of participants to determine your participation numbers for your Run@Work Day or Run@School Day event. Be sure you have all event participants or guardians sign a waiver.
6. Engage several volunteers to help organize the start and finish of the event. Have a run leader, a mid-pack course marshal, and an end of the pack “sweeper” to ensure your participants are supported during the run/walk.
7. Be sure to provide your participants with information on how to get involved with a running club or event after the conclusion of the run/walk.
Promoting Your Run@Work Day Event
1. With permission from your employer, send an email to your co-workers or parents about your event. Use the Run@Work Day sample press release and sample Twitter and Facebook posts to announce your event. Work with your human resources department to promote the event. Provide information about the event in an employee newsletter or inter-office memo.
2. Make posters of the Run@Work Day to hang around your office or in our community to help promote your event.
3. Work with a local sponsor or your employer to provide incentives for your participants. Consider designing company/organization t-shirts for participants and or sell them and donate the profits to a health related organization.
4. Provide a map of the planned route before the event. Be sure to remind participants that your event will be a fun run or walk and that all participants should follow the rules of the road and obey traffic signals.
5. Call into a local radio station to give them information about your participation in National Run@Work Day and discuss the local event you are hosting and talk about healthy lifestyle choices including the importance of 30-minutes of exercise a day.
6. Work with other get active partners in your community such as your local YMCA, your local Parks & Recreation Department, etc. to assist with and to promote your event.