Salisbury led the way in 2018, followed by Winston-Salem in 2021. And now, Greensboro and Lumberton join the ranks of more than 70 communities across the country designated as Runner Friendly Communities by theRoad Runners Club of America.
According to the RRCA website, Runner Friendly Communities have demonstrated infrastructure that encourages safe running and a robust cooperation with local businesses and government to promote running as a vital part of a healthy community.
“The challenges of the last few years have highlighted the important role communities play in making running accessible for citizens,” says RRCA Executive Director Jean Knaack in the announcement of the newest cities to join the circle of communities that promote running. “The references from city and state government leaders for this round of Runner Friendly Communities demonstrates the impact of positive relationships between runners and local officials.”
The addition of another city in the Triad proves that our area is a welcoming place for runners of all levels and experience. Twin City Track Club President Er Ralston noted in a recent article in Eddie Wooten’s Running Shorts: “The recognition brings more people into the world of running, which can’t be anything but good.”
Greensboro’s application was submitted by the Greensboro Running Club, which has been promoting running, fitness and a healthy lifestyle in the Gate City since 1976.