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Runners Day of Service set for June 5

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 22, 2013

Running makes people happy (see that grin on my face?), and with such a great city to run in, we’ve got a lot of happy people here.

On June 5, National Running Day, Austin’s running community is teaming up to give back to the city that gives them that runner’s high.

Training groups, race production companies, shoe store staffs - anyone who loves to run - is invited to participate in the first Runners Day of Service.

The day will start with morning group runs. Then, during lunch hour and that evening, runners are encouraged to lend a hand at service projects around the city.

Among the project are a lunch-time cleanup of the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake. Volunteers will meet at the pedestrian bridge under Loop 1 (Mopac Boulevard) at 11:30 a.m. An evening canoe lake cleanup is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Meet at the Texas Rowing Center near Austin High School.

For more information about Runners Day of Service go to To register to run and volunteer go to