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30 Days of Running

First-time runner? Training for your first 5k? Experienced marathoner? Weekend warrior? No matter your level, commit to get moving with us throughout the month of June. The passion to live healthier is burning inside you. Now all that’s left is for you to lace up your sneaks, get up and get going!

Disclaimer: Before starting a new exercise routine, it’s important to consult your personal physician. Need one? We can help.

Here's How it Works

  1. Get moving. Start slow if you’re new. Every day, challenge yourself to a little bit more. Log your miles of exercise as part of the Healthy Choice Greater Grand Forks walking challenge.
  2. Throughout the month of June, attend running or walking groups that will help you along the way. We’ve even created a calendar to make it easy.
  3. Talk about it. Hop online and talk about how you're doing. Share pictures you’ve snapped on your run, before, during or after. Encourage your friends, family and co-workers to be part of the healthy movement.

Trend the hashtag: #30daysofrunning
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  1. Win stuff. Stay in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest contests and challenges.

What's New for 30 Days of Running in 2015?

In 2015, Altru Health System has partnered with Healthy Choices Greater Grand Forks for 30 Days of Running. Running miles will be logged as part of the Healthy Choices Greater Grand Forks’ Walking Challenge, aiming to walk 1 million miles as a community in 2015. We hope you join us as we #Runfor30 and #walk1million.

P.S. All kinds of exercise can be logged for the Walking Challenge: biking, swimming, walking, running, etc.

During the month of June, six days a week, #30 Days of Running is collaborating with community groups to give you opportunities to run with others.


Beginning June 8, the Grand Forks Park District hosts a track meet for 4-14 year olds. The track meets begin at 6 p.m. at Cushman Field near Red River High School. Medals are given to the participants.


Runners of all levels and ages meet at Lincoln Park at 6 p.m. to run together. This run is in conjunction with Red River Runners, but anyone is welcome to join.

Wild Hog Wednesday

Runners of all levels are invited to meet at Wild Hog each Wednesday at 7 p.m. for group runs. These runs begin on National Running Day, June 3. Runners can win door prizes and sign up for any of the Wild Hog races. Discounts are also available for those who join Red River Runners Grand Forks. The Wild Hog Wednesday group meets until the end of September. After your run, don’t forget to log your miles!


Scheels has clubs for runners, bikers, in-line skaters and walkers! Beginning May 28, those interested in exercising can meet at Scheels’ Customer Service in the Columbia
Mall. All the events are weather permitting, so stay tuned each week. Visit for more details.

  • Running Club | 6 p.m.
  • Biking Club | 5:30 p.m.
  • Walking Club | 6 p.m.
  • Inline Skating Club | 6 p.m.

Family Friday Fun

Each Friday in June, families can meet at Riverside Park in Grand Forks. Families are encouraged to bike, walk, run, push strollers and have fun. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. Prize opportunities are available for those who attend.


Runners of all levels and ages meet at Choice Health and Fitness at 8 a.m. to run together. This run is in conjunction with Red River Runners, but anyone is welcome to join. Who knows? You might just meet a new friend.

Prizes and Promotions

Two-Mile Tuesdays

Two miles may seem like a lot, especially for a first time runner. Take your time. Walk when necessary. Set a goal. Before you know it you’ll be longing for more. If you're starting out, check out Red River Runners. They hold a Beginning Running Group on Tuesdays, 6 p.m. at Lincoln Park, offering multiple distances.

Every Tuesday in June, let us know how you accomplished your two miles. You'll be entered into a drawing for a gift card from Scheels.

To enter:

Trend #30daysofrunning on Facebook or Twitter
For logging miles, enter #30daysofrunning in your description
Post on our Healthy Choices Greater Grand Forks Facebook page

Upcoming Running Events

Find running events in your region here:

We encourage you to turn 30 Days of Running into a lifestyle. Check out Altru's Enrich for tips and information to help keep you and your family
healthy and happy.

Routes & Apps

Need a route to get you going? Have a trusty smart-phone you won’t leave home without? Here are some sites to help you track your route, see where others are running and tell the world about your accomplishment. Run on!

Running Program

Runners World Beginners Running Program

For mapping/distance:

USA Track & Field

For tracking:

DailyMile | Track your routes, get motivated to improve and compete with friends.
Endomondo | Track your workouts (running, cycling and other sports), challenge your friends and analyze your training.
Runtastic | Make your exercise easy and fun, improve your fitness and stay motivated.

Stay Connected

Turn 30 Days of Running into a lifestyle. Check out Altru's Enrich resource center for tips and information to help keep you and your family healthy and happy.

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