31 May 2019
IAAF Run 24:1 is a series of ONE MILE RUN that will be conducted around the world to celebrate the GLOBAL RUNNING DAY ON 02 JUN 2019. Partnering with Sports Ministries, District Authorities, Race Authorities, Race Organizers & Member Federations around the world, the IAAF initiative incorporate ONE MILE RUN as one after other in a series to be held in 24 selected cities across 15 time zones around the world. This 24 – HOUR event with ONE MILE RUN in each city will start from FIJI and conclude in LOS ANGELES while travelling across venues such as VANCOUVER, TORONTO, LIMA, MEXICI CITY, SAO PAULO, HAVANA, BUENOS AIRES, ABIDJAN, PRAIA, JOHANNESBURG, NICE, BERLIN, MINSK, ADDIS ABABA, RAMALLAH, BANGKOK, AUCKLAND, MELBOURNE, TOKYO, BEIJING, SINGAPORE, NEW DELHI AND LONDON. It will be Live Streamed around the world from each venue. Top athletes and celebrities of the world have pledged their support to this global festival of running.
More than 12,000 runners participated in the inaugural IAAF Run 24:1 in 2018 and this year the participation is expected to increase across the 24 host cities. “With our Run 24:1 event we offer people across the world a great opportunity to become part of a global community of walking and running,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe. “We know that health and happiness are often closely related to physical exercise, and I’m very happy that we at the IAAF, together with 24 member federations, will make it possible for thousands of people to run their first mile. And I am sure that for most of them it will be the first of many.”
Athletics Federation of India (AFI) was chosen by IAAF in the year 2018 to conduct 24:1 event at New Delhi on 06 June. The run had garnered immense media coverage on announcement by the AFI and the IAAF. Former Indian quarter miler Paramjit Singh was named as the City Captain by AFI. Paramjit, who represented India at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was part of India’s 4x400m relay team which won the silver medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, was one of the 24 prominent athletes from around the world selected to promote the IAAF’s global initiative. Around 500 athletes and commoner participated in the event to include many prominent sportsperson and celebrities.
IAAF has again selected New Delhi as one of the prominent cities among the 24 chosen cities around the world to conduct 24:1 event. This selection is based on the successful conduct of the last year edition hosted by the AFI. AFI has proposed to Territorial Army (TA) that this international event may be considered as a curtain raiser for Territorial Army & Athletics Federation of India Run (TAAFI RUN) 2019 edition (the Official National Marathon of India approved by the AFI in partnership with TA). AFI has also stressed that Indian Army being the epitome of fitness and strength represents the very essence of GLOBAL RUNNING DAY and will attract the masses to take up running as a daily fitness activity. Based on the gaining popularity of this global campaign; and association with the Indian Army, IAAF 24:1 edition of 2019 may raise the participation to great heights. Shri Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Indian Army is the chief guest of this global event. General Rawat will flag-off the 1-mile Run at 7:30am at Cariappa Army Parade Ground in New Delhi in presence of Adille J Sumariwalla, AFI President. AFI has nominated Ace Indian Javelin Champion Neeraj Chopra as the City Captain.
This event is likely to attract global media attention due the association of Indian Army and subsequent indulgence of prominent citizens as well. A certificate of participation has been proposed to be given to all participants for IAAF 24:1. The event will be live streamed across the globe with no registration fee, no competitive nature and all age categories irrespective of gender.
Venue : Cariappa (Army) Parade Ground, New Delhi – 110010.
Flag-off time 7:30AM