500 complimentary race entries will be distributed to Welsh communities and enthusiastic new runners as part of the IAAF’s Athletics for a Better World social responsibility programme.
The great race entry give away is part of an initiative to encourage new runners to embrace health and fitness. Supported by the three main stakeholders IAAF, Run4Wales and Cardiff University, organisers are hoping that the giveaway will promote running as an accessible physical activity that can improve long-term health.
IAAF President Lord Seb Coe said, ‘This is a unique opportunity for 500 people to discover what running is and to inspire them to continue their sporting activity. By activating projects that focus on the environment, health and social inclusion, the IAAF is committed to use athletics to help make the world a better place.’
Cardiff University Vice Chancellor Colin Riordan added, 'We are looking to offer the 500 free places to people who may be thinking about running for the very first time. People who have never considered anything like this before or are excluded from sport due to cost, facilities, support, or just simply struggle with motivation. Runners will also have the opportunity to take part in a research project delivered through Cardiff University. The research will look to monitor the progress of the runners and investigate ways to reduce injury. We hope that the event will inspire many more people to take up running.’
The places will be distributed through social media, local running groups and links with Community First areas.
For information about how to apply for a free place click here.