Last night I joined several others for a short run through the streets of my community. We gathered together, on a whim, to celebrate National Day of Running.
A few weeks ago, I shared with you some of the lessons I learned running my first marathon. I noted that during that race I felt “alone, together”. Last night was a completely different feeling. It was truly a community of people coming together for a fun run.
Much like the people who ran the Fargo Marathon with me, we all came with varied experiences when it comes to running. Some of us were long-time runners, while others were relatively new to the sport. Some were out there to celebrate the National Day of Running, while others used the opportunity to get in an additional training run.
What resonated with me the most is that we all came because we wanted to be part of this experience together. Running is a solitary sport but last night we did it as a community. We started together, ran at our own pace but we did it together.
Sometimes we need that “umbrella event” (i.e. National Day of Running) to get people together but most of the time we don’t. Don’t wait for a special reason to gather people around something you love to do. I love running and on a whim, I invited people to join me for a run and together we shared this experience and strengthen the fabric of our community. How cool is that!
In fact, it was such a great time that we’ve all agreed to meet up again next week!
Question: What do you love to do and how can you leverage that to bring people together and build community? You can leave your comment below.
Be well and make it a great day!