Under Armour celebrates Global Running Day with second All Out Mile

  • In the second of its virtual and live event the All Out Mile, Under Armour (UA) has almost doubled regional participation from its inagural affair last year to celebrate Global Running Day.
  • Started in 2009 as National Running Day in the United States,  the first Global Running Day was held on June 1, 2016 to celebrate the sport of running.
  • But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event on the first Wednesday of June became a virtual one in 2020 and continued as such in 2021.
  • TheHomeGround Asia looks at how the UA the All Out Mile will be held in Singapore this year.
To celebrate Global Running Day on June 1, Under Armour is challenging runners from around the world test how fast they can run a mile. (Photo source: THG Asia)
To celebrate Global Running Day on June 1, Under Armour is challenging runners from around the world test how fast they can run a mile. (Photo source: THG Asia)

Challenge accepted!

All over the world, runners and non-runners alike seem to have uttered these words to Under Armour (UA) when it launched its second All Out Mile to challenge them to run their fastest mile or 1.6km anytime between 1 and 5 June.

And this will not worry Singaporeans doing the course because they would have done the distance during the the National Physical Fitness Award (NAPFA) at both Primary and Secondary schools. All they have to do is to challenge themselves to beat their previous 1.6km timing during the competition window between 1 and 5 June to win US$1,000 as the fastest individual.

Celebrating the sport of running

The UA All Out Mile kicks off on 1 June which is Global Running Day. It started in 2009 as National Running Day in the United States but was renamed in June 2016 to celebrate the sport of running all over the world. More than 2.5 million people from 177 countries pledged to run over 9.2 million miles (14.8 million km) that year.

Teams and individuals train for 30 days before reaching the goal on Global Running Day. (Photo source: TheHomeGround Asia)

But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event became a virtual one for both 2020 and 2021. Recognising the physical and mental benefits of running, UA launched its virtual and live All Out Mile last year to inspire thousands of runners around the world to come together and get better as a community.

This year is its second time and already, UA has almost doubled regional participation from the challenge last year to execute a global event, with virtual participation in 14 countries. Teams and individuals take on the 30-day challenge to train according to their existing routines with the ultimate goal of reaching Global Running Day on 1 June.

For the first time this year, countries in the South Asia-Pacific region such as Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines are included.

Founder of Coached and former elite triathlete from New Zealand Ben Pulham briefs the media on how to train for the All Out Mile. (Photo source: TheHomeGround Asia)

Teams and individuals will be taking on the 30-day challenge to train within their existing routines with the ultimate one-time goal of going all out for Global Running Day. Once when partipants register, they will have access to a free three-month UA MapMyRun MVP membership where they can log miles and access exclusive training plans and video tips through shoes or the smartwatch.

In Singapore, UA announced its All Out Mile virtual challenge to push participants here to run their fastest 1.6km. Registration started on 22 April and participants have started training since 1 May.

Trainings are available virtually, on the app MapMyRun throughout the month of May, and runners in Singapore may also join Run Crew sessions at the Under Armour Funan Brand House. 
So compete against runners from around the world for free and see how fast you can run a mile. Or better yet, challenge your personal best set by the 15-year-old you during the NAPFA 1.6km run.

The public can register their interest and also find out more information to the All Out Mile here.

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