10K Day: Discovering Our Modest Founder 8 Years Later

By Milli Thornton

J.R. Turner

My dear friend Jenny Turner, aka J.R. Turner

HAVE YOU EVER wondered how the 10K Day got started?

Now that I know how it really got started, I wish I’d been more curious myself. When my friend Jenny Turner (author J.R. Turner) introduced me to the 10K Day in 2006, I assumed it was just one of those things that belongs to everyone and no-one and gets passed around from writer to writer. Probably because she’s naturally such a modest person, I did not even think to ask Jenny whether she started it herself.

In June of 2009, I didn’t have anyone to do a 10K Day with so I put it on the Fear of Writing blog as an event others could attend. That’s how it got started online (previous to that I’d participated by email)—and that’s what eventually led to the 10K Day having its own website. I never considered myself anything but the host.

It was only during the Christmas holidays, when Jenny and I reconnected by phone, that I stumbled onto the news that she’s the founder of the 10K Day. Jenny deserves full credit for her pioneering, so I asked her to write up a history of how and why it got started.

You can read the history of the 10K Day on the About Us page at 10kdayforwriters.com.

Please leave a comment and help me honor Jenny for this event that we’ve all come to love and enjoy.


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