The IAAF today announced the creation of IAAF Run 24:1, a series of 24 one-mile runs that will be contested around the world to celebrate Global Running Day on 6 June.
Partnering with sports ministries, city governments, race organisers and member federations around the world, the IAAF initiative incorporates races to be held in two dozen cities across 15 time zones that will each start at the same local time to create a 'simultaneous' worldwide celebration of running.
IAAF Run 24:1 will commence at 5pm local time (GMT +12) in Auckland, New Zealand, then, outrunning the sun, cross Oceania to Sydney, enter Asia in Tokyo, move to Europe in Minsk, into Africa in Addis Ababa, and cross the Atlantic to the Americas in Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires before the day's final race in Vancouver on Canada’s west coast. In all, IAAF Run 24:1 will include stops in 23 countries, uniting tens of thousands of runners around the world.
In Thailand, the event will take place at Stadium One, Supachalasai Stadium at 5.00pm. The event is a collaborative effort between the Sport Authority of Thailand and IAAF, Channel 3, BEC-Tero Entertainment and MICE & Communication. The race will be broadcast live on Channel 33HD from 4.55-5.30pm. To register, log on to: https://www.iaafthailand.org and keep track of updates on the event in real time on: Facebook: @iaafthailand.
“Running is accessible to everyone, it is fun, it is competitive,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe. “It can be social, it can be solitary. It is testing, it is personal but most of all it builds strength, stamina, fitness and health. It is the mother of all sports.
“On Wednesday 6 of June, we want as many people as possible to celebrate Global Running Day – the biggest annual celebration of running.”
As the main facilitator of the project, the IAAF will also assist with around-the-clock coverage of the event on a dedicated website to be launched in the lead-in to the event, as well as across its various social media platforms.
Each race will be headed by a designated 'City Captain', a former or current athlete who will lead local efforts to spread awareness of the initiative and to involve their respective running communities.
Celebrating its third year in 2018, Global Running Day is a grassroots initiative where people of all abilities and from all paths of life come together to celebrate their passion for running and inspire others to get moving.
“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.”
1. Auckland NZL / Oceania / +12hrs
2. Sydney AUS / Oceania / +10hrs
3. Tokyo JPN / Asia / +9hrs
4. Beijing CHN / Asia / +8hrs
5. Bangkok THA / Asia / +7hrs
6. Delhi IND / Asia / +5,5hrs
7. Minsk BLR / Europe / +3hrs
8. Ramallah PLE / Asia / +3hrs
9. Addis Ababa ETH / Africa / +3hrs
10. Johannesburg RSA / Africa / +2hrs
11. Nice FRA / Europe / +2hrs
12. Berlin GER / Europe / +2hrs
13. London GBR / Europe / +1hrs
14. Rabat MAR / Africa / +1hrs
15. Abidjan CIV / Africa / 0hrs
16. Praia CPV / Africa / -1hrs
17. Sao Paulo BRA / S.America/ -3hrs
18. Buenos Aires ARG / S.America/ -3hrs
19. Santo Domingo DOM / C.America& Caribbean / -4hrs
20. Toronto CAN / N.America/ -4hrs
21. Houston USA / N.America/ -5hrs
22. Lima PER / S.America/ -5hrs
23. Mexico MEX / C.America/ -5hrs
24. Vancouver CAN / N.America/ -7hrs