This London-based race takes you on a virtual underwater run, for a good cause

Here at Runner’s World, we love a race for a good cause and this one definitely ticks that box. To celebrate World Oceans Day on Friday 8th June 2018, the British Science Association are holding a 10K race around Hyde Park, but with a difference.

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By using the accompanying free app, runners can participate in a virtual ocean exploration experience, which takes you on a journey under the sea. The app allows you to run 10K, whilst listening to narration by explorer Pierre-Yves Cousteau, who takes you on a journey from the sea surface to the Marianas Trench – the deepest known part of the ocean, as you run.

The audio features alien creatures, seascapes and human exploration stories as you “descend” to the ocean floor. Meanwhile, you’ll be running a two lap course around Hyde Park.

But what’s it all for? Run to the Deep aims to connect runners with the ocean in an engaging, yet fun way, delivering informative audio content as you run. Yet the message behind the audio runs a little deeper. Recently there has been a surge in information on the catastrophic impact humans are having on the oceans. Documentaries such as Blue Planet 2, Chasing Coral and A Plastic Ocean have all highlighted the pressing issue, with 60% of the world’s oceans being heavily contaminated with plastics. The aim of the run is to inspire runners to reduce their plastic consumption and find out more about ocean conservation projects. 

Sir David Attenborough has also been vocal about the issue, saying “what we are doing about 1.5 degrees rise in the temperature of the ocean over the next 10 years, I don’t know. But we can actually do something about plastic right now.”

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Tickets to the event cost £25, with all of the money going to the British Science Association. They said: “we hope that runners will first and foremost enjoy the journey but be inspired to reduce their plastic consumption and find out more about ocean conservation projects that they can get involved with in the future.”  

To find out more and buy your tickets, visit the event page here.