28 March 2017
| THE HEARTBEAT OF WOMEN'S SPORT

Paula Radcliffe launches the world’s largest one-day running event

May 8, 2008

Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe launched the world’s largest one-day race yesterday – The Nike+ Human Race – in which competing cities must battle it out to be crowned the fastest nation. 25 international cities are taking part.

The race, on 31st August, will see one million runners from different parts of the world compete in a 10k race. 30,000 Brits are expected to take part.

The worldwide event kicks off with the first race in Taipei, Taiwan and the final race in LA, America. Each course will guide runners via iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, while London’s race kicks off at Wembley Stadium.

Anyone who lives outside of London can take part by logging onto nikeplus.com and taking part in the ‘Virtual Race’. To do this, runners must use a Nike+ iPod or Nike+ Sportband to track their details on race day, which can then be uploaded to nikeplus.com – ensuring their results officially count as part of the race.

To be part of the GB team, Nike+ users can sign up this week, while non-Nike+ users can register for the race from 2 June via nikeplus.com. A portion of the registration fee will be donated to one of the following charities; UNHCR, Livestrong, WWF or the local charity Fairbridge.

Athletes taking part in race day activities across the globe include seventh-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (Austin), six-time marathon winner and current NY champion Paula Radcliffe (London), Grand Prix Final Figure Skating Gold medallist Yuna Kim (Seoul), and Gold medal hopeful for Beijing Craig Mottram (Melbourne).

Paula Radcliffe states: “This is a unique opportunity for Britain’s runners of all levels to unite and compete in a record-breaking race, with the chance to be named the fastest nation in the world”.

David Tabor, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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