Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Debuts in Beijing

By That's Beijing, July 3, 2019

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Runners, get ready, set, go: The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay recently added one more stop to their Global Series – Beijing. The capital is the 13th city globally to participate in the biggest corporate relay series. 

The race will be hosted at Shougang Park on Friday, August 30, less than two months before the race is held for a fifth time in Shanghai on Friday, October 25. Registration is now open for both cities on the official event website.

Photo: The first runners charge off at the start of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Shanghai 

The event is a unique and immersive team-building experience with more than 100 companies regularly participating and competing against each other in each city. The wider purpose of the race series is to get the corporate world moving, educated on the importance of physical activity and connecting with each other through exercise.

Each team is made up of 10 participants, each of whom will run a unique 1.6 kilometer course. Awards will be presented to the three fastest teams overall, the fastest mixed team, the fastest women’s team and the fastest runner. The race culminates with a celebratory after-party where runners will be treated to a live DJ performance as well as complimentary food and drinks as part of their team entry package.

Photo: The 2019 Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Beijing is being held next to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Organising Committee Headquarters 

“The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is a much anticipated event that the financial community and corporations look forward to every year,” said Bing Li, Head of Greater China at Bloomberg. “We are glad to bring the race to both Beijing and Shanghai this year, so that more companies can join us to promote team spirit. We also want to thank the Beijing and Shanghai municipal governments for their support to make the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay possible.” 

The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Shanghai will continue to be held at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre, under the iconic arches of the sports stadium, and this year will have a revamped route. This will be the fifth year of the race in Shanghai, which means the race is already an annual fixture in business and sporting calendars, just like it is around the globe in cities such as Dubai, Sydney, New York, Tokyo, San Francisco, Paris, London, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Beijing will be the 50th race in the history of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, which has seen over 40,000 runners participate since the first race in London in 2007.

Photo: Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Global Series - 2019 Dubai race. 

This year, the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is proud to introduce The Extra Mile: a chance to make an impact way beyond the finish line and contribute to the local community in a bigger, better way. 

The Extra Mile is a community-led initiative, which addresses a unique social challenge in each city. At least 25% of each team’s entry fee will be donated to the year-long funded program, but by choosing and running for their cause it gives runners the opportunity to make a meaningful and actionable difference in their communities, all through the power of sport. 

James Hassett, Managing Director of Square Mile Sport said, “The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is a one-of-a-kind team-building experience with an opportunity for corporate firms and market leaders to not only give something back to the community, but to also promote the spirit of fitness, competition and teamwork. Most importantly, the race stands for its sporting enthusiasm and bonding with fellow colleagues. The event is open to all levels of experience, whether you are an elite or leisure runner – we want everyone to enjoy this event experience.” 

To register for the event or to find out more, please visit the Beijing and Shanghai websites, search for the official Weibo account 彭博一英里接力赛 or add WeChat 彭博一英里接力赛.

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