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The Accessibility of Running

Posted by George Parker on
The Accessibility of Running

This evening, I’m taking my boys to a minor league ice hockey game. I went to these games with my dad when I was their age. I grew up in Georgia, so going to ice hockey games involves extra effort! As a kid, playing ice hockey in Georgia was nearly impossible. There was one ice hockey rink several hours away, making a regular commitment to the sport challenging.

Fortunately, I grew up with the Mighty Ducks movie and the birth of roller hockey. That was our sport in south Georgia. But even roller hockey is a challenging sport to play. The equipment, as in ice hockey, is expensive for a family. Then you need to rent a roller rink for a proper game (there are only so many cul de sacs and tennis courts). It helped if you assembled a team to have an actual game. Hockey is an expensive and high-effort sport, especially in the South. It’s worth it, but it takes a lot of work.

I love the simplicity and accessibility of running. All you need is a pair of shoes. In theory, you could run barefoot. You don’t need a track, stadium, treadmill, or racecourse. You can step outside anywhere in America and run. You can run by yourself or with others. You can run fast or slow. You can run up hills or over the flats. It’s available to you no matter where you live, your age, or your station in life.

So, where are you running today?

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