As a prelude to the series of 24 one-mile runs taking place around the world for IAAF Run 24-1, hundreds of people took to the streets of Lanzhou in China to kick-start the week-long celebration of running.
More than 100 guests from the IAAF Global Running Conference China 2019 joined 100 children from Lanzhou city and 100 local runners at Lanzhou Marathon Park to participate in the IAAF’s global campaign to inspire and motivate people of all ages to start moving and do their first mile.
Passing through 24 cities in 24 different time zones, the 24 one-mile runs will get underway in just a matter of hours from now with the Pacific island of Fiji hosting the first event. The global run then moves to Melbourne and on to major capital cities in Asia such as Tokyo, Beijing, Delhi and Singapore. Other host cities include Mauritius, Nairobi, Milan, Gaborone, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Bogota, Rabat and Havana. The tour will conclude in Monaco.
The 24 host cities have been adding the finishing touches to their preparations for the event over the past few days. Gantries have been erected in parks and town centres, Olympians have assembled in Havana, and giraffes have been ushered away in Nairobi.
More than 12,000 runners participated in the inaugural IAAF Run 24-1 in 2018 and this year the participation is expected to increase across the 24 host cities.
IAAF Run 24-1 is the main event of the IAAF’s week-long running festival. The two other stops comprise Global Running Day on Wednesday when more than 50 federations will organise a kids’ mile run, and the Athletics Family Run on Friday, the closing event of IAAF Run 24-1.
Partnering with national athletics federations, sports ministries, city governments and race organisers around the world, the goal is to inspire and motivate people and communities to participate in the world’s most accessible sport and experience the excitement and fun of running.