Peninsula Snags Outstanding Runner Friendly Community Honors
April 21, 2011
The Monterey Peninsula has been named the 2011 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by Road Runners Club of America in its annual Runner Friendly Communities program. Dallas, Wichita Falls, TX and Fredricksburg, VA were also honored for their recreational running options and pedestrian friendly infrastructure.
Monterey’s application for the designation was submitted by the Big Sur International Marathon, which just so happens to be kicking off May 1.
The RRCA cited the Peninsula’s many stride-kind places and events as a key reason it topped the list. Events like SPCA’s Wag ‘n’ Walk, the Juvenile Diabetes Coastal Walk, and the Together with Love Run are just a few examples of Monterey’s dedication to the running way of life.
Adding to the area’s sprinting prowess are local running clubs like Wednesday Night Laundry Runners and a Community Recreation Department that gets kids going the distance with a variety of running-related programs throughout the year. The JUST RUN program is a gem as far as youth fitness is concerned, with some 4,000 student participants.
The RRCA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1958 comprised of over 1,500 running clubs nationwide, representing roughly 200,000 individual runners.