The new virtual event takes place in March to get people together again
Organisers of TTP Cambridge Half Marathon have officially launched Cambridge’s first ever virtual run, ‘Run Everyone’, an initiative to get businesses and organisations across Cambridge competing in a virtual run throughout March 2021.
COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns have put huge amounts of strain on businesses and their employees throughout 2020. Run Everyone is about getting people across Cambridge and the surrounding areas to run together in a virtual competition, no matter what their fitness level, to help regain a sense of community and get involved in a fun competition.
As the name implies, Run Everyone is open to all skills, ages and abilities; wheelchairs and prams welcome too (although distance travelled by infants in prams will not be added to a teams’ score!). There will be six live leaderboards on the event’s dedicated web page, created to inspire some healthy local competition, showing how teams are performing throughout the month and comparing results such as kilometres run and amount raised for charity.
Run Everyone is a fundraising event and is supporting the following national and local charities; Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Charlie Waller Trust, Muscular Dystrophy UK, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, Tom’s Trust and Power2Inspire.
John Willis, CEO at Power2Inspire, a Cambridgeshire-based charity that promotes inclusion through sport, said: “At Power2Inspire we are working towards a society where everyone can enjoy sport together, regardless of age, gender, faith, ethnicity or disability. Run Everyone is exactly the type of event that we love and we’re very pleased to be a charity partner. It really doesn’t matter who you are or what you believe, what’s important is that you get involved in sport alongside other people and have lots of fun. We’ll be entering an inclusive team and look forward to walking, wheeling and running in competition with other businesses and organisations across Cambridge in March.”
Adam Moffat, Director of the TTP Cambridge Half Marathon, said: “We are very excited to be launching Run Everyone. During the past year, it has become clearer than ever before that physical exercise, as well as creating a sense of togetherness, are essential to our society. It is our mission to bring community back to the workplaces and clubs of Cambridge by encouraging everyone to get running. Whether you run 100m or 100km, every step counts towards the final goal.”
Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities for Cambridge City Council, said: “It's never been more important to get out in the open air and stay fit. It's so crucial for both physical and mental wellbeing. Although many of our centres have been closed over much of the last year, people have shown so many creative ways to stay healthy. Cambridge has a great sense of community, and this initiative is just one way that we can work as teams in a Covid-safe way, whilst having fun and raising money for some exceptional charities. I hope that as many people as possible get involved in this great virtual challenge.”
To sign up to Run Everyone, get running and raise money for excellent causes, visit: www.cambridgehalfmarathon.com/virtual