Why Can Running Save The World?

Posted on June 12, 2012


You may be asking yourself Why do we believe running can save the world? Well, we believe that if running can save the life of one person it’s possible it can save many lives across the globe.

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. -Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Ever since running became a part of our daily lives it has helped to save our lives (co-founders of The Run ProjectJon Rankin and Benjamin Auerbach) in very personal ways and it continues to make our lives better every day. It’s because of the impact running has had on our own lives we can see the unlimited possibilities of a positive impact a greater participation in “a sport that’s more than a sport” can have on the world.

We believe a person’s health is their greatest asset. When one is in bad health getting healthy is the only thing that occupies their daily thoughts. Just think back to the last time you had flu, how you couldn’t think about work, or hanging out with friends. The only thing you could think about was how much you missed feeling healthy. And the longer it lasts the more faint the memory of how it once felt to not be sick becomes.

When overcoming sickness or poor living conditions occupies your thoughts the idea of helping others is the furthest thing from your mind. Yet, if you were healthy you would feel like anything was possible. And if you weren’t stricken by impoverished conditions you would be open to the idea of helping others improve their situations if they were in need of such change. We believe we can create such a scenario simply by increasing the number of people who run throughout the world. If we can get people healthier, we believe we’ll see a direct correlation in their willingness to not only overcome challenges in their lives but to help others do the same.

We have a saying at The Run Project: happy people don’t start wars. This statement begs the question, if happy people don’t start wars, what do they do? Our answer would be that happy people come together to help solve problems afflicting their lives as well as the lives of others.

Through research and personal experiences, we’ve discovered a really neat fact about individuals who run: they tend to be some of the happiest, most humble and generous people in the world. And as far as the sport of running itself goes, it has increasingly become the sport that causes are turning to to raise funds, increase involvement and awareness for their organizations mission. Running is a perpetually transformative agent when it comes to positively effecting the lives of individuals as well as countries. It’s this ‘neat fact’  that has inspired us to create a platform (therunproject.com) where the power of running can be directed towards acts of doing good (i.e. running for charities throughout the world).

Our vision is to increase the number of people who run throughout the world. We believe we can do this by sharing the inspirational running stories of those whose lives have already been positively changed by running. Their stories will provide a countless number of reasons why a person should run, hopefully diminishing the reasons why most people don’t run.

In time, we believe our little company and this quiet sport will save the world because eventually the world will know what few already know: running is something anyone can do anywhere, everyday and they can use it to save their life while saving the lives of others.

We are runners in a world where running is considered exceptional not normal. We don’t live in a runners’ world. If what author and runner Christopher McDougall says is true, that we’re all Born to Run then what we feel in our hearts here at The Run Project must be a dream waiting in anticipation of becoming our reality: that one day the world we live in will be a happier and healthier place because more  and more people should, could and eventually will return to their roots and finally start running, and, in turn, truly, fully living again. As this happens the current problems we see in the world will slowly fade into forgotten memories with every step we take in the greater race we were all born to run– that race is the human race.