101 Reasons To Run

by Duncan Jones

The world is home to all kinds of runners, and those runners are home to all kinds of reasons to run. So we traveled the world asking “Why run?” and this is what we heard … (Liberties in translation have been taken for entertainment’s and motivation’s sake.)

Run and put your mind at ease
Run feeling the forever breeze

Run because you are so hot
Run a little, run a lot

Run and make it through the night
Run and be “Wow! What a sight!”

Run because you love to win
Run to just begin again

Run when comes the bright sun’s rise
Run when it sets (if you are wise)

Run because to run is fun
Run because we’re missing one

Run because I know I am
Run because it’s in the fam

Run for nothing, just because
Run because my idol does

Run and have a great six pack
Run and get your “got it” back

Run for freedom, run so free
Run to just come run with me

Run because you’ll never quit
Run because “Ha! Tag you’re it!”

Run because you run so fast
Run because you’re never last

Run! I just don’t wanna talk
Run because it is your walk

Run the bases, then run home
Run because it lets you roam

Run to eat or run to live
Run because you’ve more to give

Run! Run! Run! You must survive
Run and earn the highest five

Run! It is my favorite game
Run! In time they’ll know your name

Run because it’s what we do
Run because coach told us to

Run because we love to race
Run because I need my space

Run because the game began
Run a cool down … we just ran

Run because you’ll feel so good
Run because you know you should

Run because the rain has come
Run and feel the beating drum

Run so you can jump the gap
Run right now! Go! It’s a TRAP!

Run and be a work of art
Run so strong you’ll keep your heart

Run from bar to bar to bar
Run so you can know how far

Run because you’ve got no fear
Run like the wind, gazelle, or deer

Run so you’ll be tried and trued
Run so you’re not someone’s food

Run because you need a test
Run so you can beat the best

Run because you love the pain
Run because “No pain, no gain!”

Run because you’re on the hunt
Run because here comes the punt

Run so you can stay so lean
Run quickly now for we’ve been seen

Run because you’re such a beast
Run and hunt and have your feast

Run so you can save a friend
Run because it’s not the end

Run to make the world aware
Run! For many life’s not fair

Run because it’s how you fly
Run because it gets you high

Run because you saw a ghost
Run so well they raise a toast

Run in flip flops on the beach
Run with someone learning, teach

Run because you’ve got no bike
Run because it’s what you like

Run for play “No way! I gotchu!”
Run from scary ones that watch you

Run because you’ve had enough
Run because you’re super tough

Run so you can stay in touch
Run because we work too much

Run for pleasure, run for time
Run to make this poem rhyme

Run it back! “Gimme the ball!”
Run! Feel proud, and stand up tall

Run and just get off the phone
Run! The trail’s your very own

Run in sand and run in snow
Run to catch and run to throw

Run now girls! Go get the boys!
Run because they took your toys

Run because you’ve news to bring
Run to reach the Queen or King

Run in water, run through waves
Run in tunnels, run through caves

Run because you are the hero
Run and cut their lead to zero

Run to the pool, jump in, and swim
Run to get out of the gym

Run! This time ignore the score
Run and then go run some more

Run! Unleash your inner child
Run because you Keep It Wild!

Run because it makes you happy!