12 JUL 2012 General News London, UK

Stars turn out in London to support third leg of kids’ relay celebration of the IAAF Centenary

Stars gather with kids in Crystal Palace at the IAAF Centenary relay event in London (Mark Shearman)Stars gather with kids in Crystal Palace at the IAAF Centenary relay event in London (Mark Shearman) © Copyright
The gun was fired for the first leg in the Central Piazza of Beijing Olympic Park on 13 May, with the baton passed smoothly to New York City’s Times Square on 6 June, and today (12) London confidently took the handover for the third leg of this kids’ relay celebration of the IAAF Centenary.

London, which will host this summer’s Games of XXX Olympiad and is also the venue for the 16th edition of the IAAF World Championships in 2017, became the latest world city to organise this special youth celebration which is based on the '100-100-100’ concept devised with the IAAF’s partner adidas, where 100 kids, race over 100m to celebrate 100 years of the IAAF.

Today’s kids’ relay race which was held to celebrate 100 years of Athletics Excellence was organised by UKA, the IAAF national Member Federation, and saw 100 children from local schools, drawn from boys and girls of the under 15 age group, take part in a team relay race on Crystal Palace’s famous track.

The relay which took place on the eve of the Samsung Diamond League meeting in London, was strongly supported by the IAAF Centenary Main Partner VTB and Supporting Partners adidas and Mondo, and benefitted from the presence of some of the meetings top stars, Mo Farah, Tyson Gay, David Greene, Liu Xiang, Vivian Cheruiyot and Sally Pearson, who enthusiastically cheered on the kids.

And to make this special IAAF Centenary moment extra special in currently weather battered Britain, the sun was even shining throughout. Long Live the British summer!

The actual day of the IAAF Centenary is Tuesday 17 July, with celebrations taking place throughout 2012.