Free Flag Day Run In Richmond Hill



I have just learned there will be a Free Flag Day Run in Richmond Hill on June 14, which is Flag Day here in the good old U.S. of A. Those who take part are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to celebrate and show their patriotism as they make their way along the course.

The event takes place at J.F. Gregory Park and is sponsored by Richmond Hill’s very own local running company, Georgia Game Changers. This Free Flag Day Run in Richmond Hill is being billed as a “Comeback Run.” Starting at 7:00 a.m., all participants can run or walk up to 13.1 miles.

The run is geared toward local runners and walkers who are “ready to hit the comeback trail,” at the park. The way this Free Flag Day Run in Richmond Hill works is like this: everyone who enters can either run or walk (their preference) the trail for five loops, at which point, they will have reached 13.1 miles. That’s technically considered the same as running a “Half Marathon.”

But here’s the way-cool part – no one HAS to do the complete five loops. Folks can walk or run as fast as they’d like for as far as they’d like. There is no shame in not completing the total number of laps that some folks will be attempting. This Free Flag Day Run in Richmond Hill is an awesome opportunity for those who have run or walked in the past, but may have slacked off a bit to jump back into the game and ease their way slowly up to their old endurance limits.

Me personally, I have never walked or run in a marathon. At least not that I recall. I have marched in some parades and done some cake walks, though. You know cake walks, right? That’s the very difficult feat of strength and willpower where everyone walks around slowly in a circle, and eventually they ask the group to stop walking, and if someone is lucky enough to be standing on the magic number at that very moment, they win a cake!

Or a cup cake, or some peanut brittle, or somehting like that. Regardless, you win something and everyone has a good time and gets a little exercise. Now, it’s not the same amount of exercise as people will get who take part in this Free Flag Day Run in Richmond Hill, but at least it’s something.

And, I’m pretty sure the folks who can be found on Flag Day, June 14 walking or running as many as five laps around J.F. Gregory Park won’t be getting some cupcakes or nutty bars for their trouble!

That’s likely because Georgia Game Changers Running Company (which is located at 60 Exchange Place, C-3, in Richmond Hill), is the area’s only running shoe store that is also owned by a physical therapist, and they are all about health. The company says their goal is “to be an active part of transforming the area residents’ mindset about fitness, health, and running.” Which probably means no eating candy or cupcakes while doing even a half-marathon.

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Not many people know that’s the same day our country celebrates as the birthday of the U.S. Army. Now those are some folks who run a lot!

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day, and later, in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. This  Free Flag Day Run in Richmond Hill is a great way to show your love for your country as well as your love for your own good health.

Anyone interested in signing up (did I mention it’s free?) are highly encouraged to do so on the Georgia Game Changers Running Company’s Facebook page, or at the store. You can call there at 912-445-2163, for more information.

If you do wind up taking part, best of luck at the Free Flag Day Run in Richmond Hill.

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