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This Atlanta runner skips traffic by running to work

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  • Josh Woiderski runs more than 5 miles each way to work
  • He started the website 'The Run Commuter' as a resource for other runners

It might sound a little crazy, but Josh Woiderski runs to work every day. 

The Atlanta runner treks about 5 miles to work, or a little more than 10 miles round-trip. 

Woiderski totaled his car in an accident five years ago, but instead of buying another car, he started taking the bus. But by the time he got home every night, he was struggling to fit running into his schedule. 

So, he decided to swap his 35-minute bus ride for a 30-minute run to work, and he's been doing it ever since. 

Woiderski went online and found out there was a name for this: "run commuting." However, there weren't many online resources for beginners. So, he started his own website called The Run Commuter.

Now, TheRunCommuter.com has become one of the biggest online resources for people who run to work. Woiderski and three other primary contributors post weekly about everything from tips on commuting in the rain to healthy, portable lunches.

This year, the site is encouraging people to also consider running to other destinations, like the library or the grocery store

Woiderski estimates there are about 12 to 30 other run commuters throughout Atlanta and 50 to 100 in D.C. Run commuting is also very popular in London, where the hashtag #runcommute started.

"Having the website has shown me that that there are a lot of people out there that are run commuting, and that I wasn't just the only one," says Woiderski.

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