Wednesday June 6 is Global Running Day, a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving.
The grassroots project, initiated by New York Road Runners, is now in its third year and activities in 2018 include the IAAF’s Run 24:1 campaign designed to inspire and motivate people to experience the excitement of running.
IAAF Run 24:1 is set to unite thousands of runners as they outrun the sun in a series of linked 1-mile events starting in Auckland, New Zealand, and ending on the other side of the world in Vancouver, Canada.
Partnering with sports ministries, city governments and race organisers, the IAAF’s Member Federations will bring together 24 cities across 15 time zones creating a unique continuous 24-hour global celebration of running.
Spurred on by elite athletes as city team captains, IAAF Run 24:1 will commence at 14:00 local time (GMT +12) in Auckland, cross Oceania to Melbourne, into Asia via Tokyo to Beijing and Bangkok. Then on to Delhi, Minsk and Ramallah in Palestine before heading to Africa via Addis Ababa and Johannesburg, returning to Europe through Nice, Berlin and London and dipping back into Africa through Rabat, Abidjan in the Ivory Coast and Cape Verde. The run then crosses the Atlantic to the Americas via Sao Paulo and into Buenos Aires, Havana, Toronto, Lima, Mexico City and the City of Angels (LA) before ending the day with the final race in Vancouver on Canada’s west coast.
Run 24:1 cities and their team captains:
Auckland, Valerie Adams
Melbourne, Lisa Weightman
Tokyo, Hirooki Arai
Beijing, Liping Wang
Bangkok, Naruphon Prathanthip
Delhi, Paramjit Singh
Minsk, Olga Mazurenok
Ramallah, Mohanad Rabah
Addis Ababa, Haile Gebrselassie
Johannesburg, Mapaseka Makhanya
Nice, Stephane Diagana, Paula Radcliffe
Berlin, Carsten Schlangen
London, Tom Bosworth
Rabat, Abdalaati Iguider
Abidjan, Thierry Konan, Flore Bessehon Sokouri
Praia, Ariana Rodrigues, Ismenia Frederico
Sao Paulo, Fabiana Murer
Buenos Aires, Luis Migueles
La Habana, Javier Sotomayor
Toronto, Kate Van Buskirk
Lima, Patricia Martinez
Mexico, Alegna Gonzalez
Los Angeles, Tania Fischer
Vancouver, Inaki Gomez
The event in London takes place at 17:00 local time in Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Runners interested in getting involved can register here, with the registration deadline extended to Tuesday June 5.
“Our Member Federations have been exceptional in offering to coordinate and organise this new global event. My thanks to all of them for making this campaign happen and to the race organisers and cities who have all come on board so enthusiastically,” said IAAF president Sebastian Coe.
“Running is accessible to everyone. It can be fun, competitive, social or solitary. Together with our Member Federations and our athletes we want to find new ways to inspire individuals and communities to get involved with athletics. We hope this event will be the start of an annual event that will unite runners around the world in support of Global Running Day.”
All 24 IAAF Run 24:1 events will be live-streamed from 04:00 CEST (UTC+2) via the IAAF’s YouTube channel.
“We are looking forward to the world coming together to run on June 6 to celebrate Global Running Day, which encourages people of all ages and abilities to live active lifestyles,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners and a founder of Global Running Day.
“There are countless ways people around the world can take part in the day’s festivities this year – from these 24-one mile runs to a virtual race – in order to embrace running as a way to get healthy and fit.”