The Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, announced the 2013 Runner Friendly Community designations, which includes: Chattanooga, Sarasota, Fl., Kalamazoo, Mi.; and South Lake, Fl.
These communities have shown that they meet the program’s criteria, which includes community infrastructure, community support, and local government support for running. Each community has an infrastructure that can foster physical activity in a safe environment; a proven track record that organizations and businesses work together to promote running as a healthy exercise and sport; and there are positive relationships between the running community and local government.
Chattanooga has also been designated the 2013 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community. The RRCA will honor Chattanooga with a commemorative award at the upcoming 56th Annual RRCA National Convention, which will be held May 1-4, 2014 in Spokane, Wa.
“Running and fitness have long been an integral part of the renaissance of Chattanooga,” said Senator Bob Corker. “While serving as mayor, Chattanooga initiated a citizen-based planning process four outdoor recreation. This planning led to the creation of Outdoor Chattanooga, an initiative that encourages runners and other outdoor enthusiasts to take advantage of all our city has to offer in terms of scenery and amenities.”
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