World’s first running event for able-bodied and disabled people announced

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This autumn will see the world's first ever mass participation running event for able-bodied and disabled people take place in London. The not-for-profit event, Parallel London, will take place on Sunday 4th September at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It includes a range of distances to suit different abilities, ranging from 100m to 10K.

Research commissioned by Parallel London found that 83% of disabled people would like to take part in more physical activities, but many said they faced barriers when it came to this and felt there is prejudice against them as non-able-bodied people.

Andrew Douglass, founder of Parallel London, said “If prejudices can positively shift in the right direction and day to day barriers in life removed, there is little doubt that disabled people can be more independent, equal and enabled to positively engage in our society. My hope is that Parallel London will show that we are all stronger together.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said “Parallel London is an exciting new event for the capital, which we want people of all ages and abilities to be a part of. For Londoners with or without disabilities it's going to be a wonderful family-friendly day out, which I hope will help change attitudes as well as getting more of us to become more active. Coming in the same weekend as our Liberty festival, it promises to add to the building anticipation ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”

Ballot entry to Parallel London is now open.