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10 July 2020, 3pm

Iconic landmarks from Russia to Turkey in first stage

Leicester race organisers plan virtual world tour

Replacing the original Run Leicester Festival scheduled for this autumn the organisers are encouraging participants to “embark on a route around all of the world’s most famous cities and iconic landmarks from Europe to Africa, Asia and beyond.”

The online project aims to draw the Run Leicester community and the wider running world together as a team and between 1–30 September cover tens of thousands of kilometres all the way around the world live on an interactive map.

Aiming to visit all of the world’s most famous cities and iconic landmarks the run route will be broken down into different stages. Looping through almost every single European country, Stage One covers 22,256 km (13,829 miles) as it winds through both the Pyrenees and the Alps before heading north through Scandinavia. Reaching Russia it turns back southwards down through Eastern Europe with the stage eventually coming to an end at the impressive Anitkabir Mausoleum in Ankara.

The team tracking map will be updated regularly so that you can see just how far the ‘Run The World’ team has made it around the route at any given time. As we progress, the landmarks below will light up to mark our achievements as we go

The Leicester community has been hit hard by the latest local lockdown and we hope that Run The World is a goal that we can all rally behind to help bring the community back together and encourage people to keep getting out there and enjoying running. Stage One (527.5 marathons in length) is already live so you can check out where we’re headed around Europe on the map and get a feel for Run The World. Details of the remaining stages will be released in the coming weeks.

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