Happy National Running Day, Exercise Enthusiasts Celebrate

Today is National Running Day and runners everywhere are celebrating by sharing experiences about their favorite form of exercise.

The holiday takes place each year on the first Wednesday in June, and serves to open discussions about the calorie-burning activity.

Running employs countless muscles within the body and is top-rated among physically active people. The activity sees many benefits such as potential weight loss and improved cardiovascular and respiratory health, among others.

In light of National Running Day, many places are offering discounts and promotions today, including Timex Sports.

On Wednesday, the company is offering customers a chance to win a Timex Ironman watch by submitting a tweet or Instagram post containing #IMARUNNER.

Furthermore, Timex is donating $5 for each post submitted to the One Fund Boston, the organization that benefits those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.

Also, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon organizers are offering runners up to a $20 discount on their 2013 races as a means of celebrating National Running Day. Head to runrocknroll.competitor.com. for more information.

Meanwhile, the National Running Day website said that Wednesday's holiday sees "runners everywhere declaring their passion for running."

"Wherever we are and whomever we're with, we run- fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block," continued the site.

"It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that's simple, inexpensive and fun. It's the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment."

As a result of the holiday, Happy National Running Day became a trending topic among Twitter users.

"Happy National Running Day," started Team Runner For Life. "Be sure to get out there and run today. No matter how fast or how far you go you are lapping everyone on the couch."

Twitter user, Tatyna posted, "What are you doing to celebrate National Running Day? I know what I am doing!"

"Enjoy your run today," added twitter user, Bart.

Nevertheless, running is associated with several injuries due to its high-impact nature. When considering making running a hobby, be sure to consult your doctor about the risks.