Stay Away From the Katy Trail Tonight. It's National Running Day.

Today is like Easter for would-be runners. Sure, church happens every week, but your bed is never more comfortable than it is on Sunday mornings. Similarly, sweating in the Texas heat will never sound as good as meeting your friends for happy hour. But if you want to extend the narrative at work that you're a "runner," be sure you drop the knowledge at the water cooler that today is National Running Day. And if you're actually looking to participate in the chaos that will be running on Dallas' finest stretches of concrete tonight, here are a few events around the city.

6:30 p.m. Run On! Dallas hosts a combo social run Meet at Company Cafe on the Katy Trail for a free all-level run. The two Dallas stores (Mockingbird Lane and Preston Rd) combine their runs for a party. Newton shoes will be onsite with shoes for you to test out while you run. Afterward, stick around for food and drink specials at Company Cafe.

6:30 p.m. Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Fun Run on the Katy Trail On the other end of the Katy Trail, fun runners will meet at Title Nine at 6:30 p.m. and run their strong hearts out. The store is promising goodies post-run, which probably means discounts and maybe (fingers crossed) a beer or two. Because what're you running for if you don't drink a beer afterward? More info at titlenine.com.

7 p.m. Metro PCS Dallas Marathon Kick off Run and 80's Party Even if you have no intention of running the marathon at the end of this year, tomorrow's run is just a 4.4k fun run (that's not even 3 miles, don't be a slacker). Plus, if you jog it out, there's an 80's party afterward with a Miller Lite beer garden and food trucks. Register online at dallasmarathon.com and pick up your packet beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake (950 East Lawther Drive).

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