A Finland Swede in Bavaria

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Runnism, the Religion of Running -- why?

Last Wednesday wasn't a normal day for me. I went to a physical Twitter event here in Munich, where I announced my plans to start a new world religion.

This humble intention of mine may need some explanations, lest I will be declared insane. That may happen anyway, though.

Point one: I enjoy running. And when I run, I have time to think. Running rests my soul; when running, simple answers to complex questions often appear to me; I've learnt a lot from the community of runners. I think there's a lot of similarity between running and religions.

Point two: I like to share the pleasure of running with others. Many relate to running as something boring, tiresome, a burden. Before I became a runner, that's how I thought of it myself. Yet, no need for those negative thoughts! Today, running gives me inspiration, variation, a source of energy and of freedom. Running is a gift.

Point three: I believe that social media enable the spreading of that thinking. Through my work I have been exposed to and acquainted with what's called Web 2.0; the human contacts that grow from social media are unbeatable in both quantity and quality.

Consequently, I've decided to combine the above thoughts. So far, I've shared my plans only in German at the #Twittwoch meeting in Munich, which was also filmed.

Let's see what comes out of this plan!


  1. It all sounds like a bad Nike commercial. No matter though, Cyclisim will surely smite the blasphemy of Runisim in due time.

    After all, what good is a religion with out a holy war? Just... Just don't say anything bad about women. http://opensourcetogo.blogspot.com/2009/07/emailing-richard-stallman.html

  2. @Bill thanks for the pointer to that Emacs religion discussion! Now, that's not my style of interpreting how to apply the concept of religion to running.

    I'm also not into a Holy War against related "religions". In fact, as for Cyclism, I'm just back from a 400 km trip from Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) over Austia and Switzerland to Lago di Garda (Italy), gathering 5000 vertical height metres in the process. I was new to mountain biking, and I think the main reason that I still made it is that I've been running.

    Runnism enables a life to the fullest, in particular involving other sports than running!

  3. Hej!
    Välkommen till Göteborg på världens största halvmara.
    Jag brukar springa varje år.
    Jag är också en anhängare av Runnsimen