Spokane named Runner Friendly Community | Community Spirit
The Road Runners Club of America has named Spokane a Runner Friendly Community for 2014.
RRCA selects Runner Friendly Communities based on specific criteria that includes community infrastructure, community support, and local government support for running. The RRCA adds that these communities have a track record of businesses and organizations working together to promote running for exercise and sport.
The RCCA cited Spokane’s 4,100 acres of parks as well as the 37 paved miles to run along the Centennial Trail. Bloomsday also played a role in getting Spokane named as a Runner Friendly Community, in fact, the annual road race will act as the RCCA's National 12K Championship.
The RCCA was also impressed with how willing Spokane businesses are to help out a runner. Both local Starbucks locations and Runner’s Soul are known for allowing runners to use their restrooms and are ready to offer them a glass of water when needed. The regional manager of Starbucks is also encouraging corporate offices to work with RCCA to declare all the stores official Runner Friendly Businesses.
The application was submitted by the Bloomsday Road Runners Club. Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer, Special Events Unit Supervisor Spokane Police Sgt. JD Anderson, Riverside State Park Manager Christopher Guidotti, A1A Head Coach Christopher Morlan and Nate Kinghorn of Runner’s Soul all provided letters of recommendation for Spokane to be named a Runner Friendly Community.
Click HERE to learn more about the Runner Friendly Community program.