Join hundreds of thousands of runners across the globe and take part in the Vitality Running World Cup
The Vitality Running World Cup is back and bigger than ever this year, with 193 countries taking part already.
The organisers are aiming to surpass some of the world’s largest races to become the biggest mass participation sporting event globally in 2020.
Participants can now sign up to take part in this worldwide running challenge, earning points for their home countries with every mile run. From 5 March the month-long, free-to-enter tournament begins as runners take part in a qualifying week. All you need to do is register on their website, download the app and run 3K in a minimum time of 30 minutes between 5 and 12 March.
All participants will receive a $100 goody bag after they log their qualifying run. From then, every mile they run will count towards their country’s total mileage before the nation with the most miles is named the winner.
Jamaican team captain Usain Bolt said: “Nothing made me prouder in my career than running for my country –and this event is giving everyone the chance to do the same, no matter their level. I hope by being part of this and leading my country, I can help inspire people across the world to get involved. Good luck to all the countries taking part –especially Jamaica!”
Several other big names have supported the initiative, including Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, a Vitality Ambassador for the UK. She’s been named British captain and was “honoured” to represent her country in the tournament. “By taking part, millions of people will now have the chance to run for their country, which is a fantastic opportunity,” she said. “I have always got so much out of sport and with this event being 3k or more, I believe it will appeal to so many people. Whether you’ve never run before, or are an experienced runner, I hope you’ll all come together with me and start clocking up those runs.”
After the qualifying week, the top 16 teams will enter a knock-out style tournament leading up to the grand final in early April. With 220,000 from 193 different countries already signed up, there’s still time to represent your country. Sign up here.