Adidas City Run - 1 Hour
We’re returning to the heart of the City of London on Sunday 5 April 2020 for the third edition of London’s most innovative running event – 1 Hour.
The challenge? To run as far as you can in one hour on our epic closed road route past some of London’s most famous and historic landmarks.
It’s a race where your game plan is as important as your fitness level. Where you finish with a total distance, not a finish time…and have more fun than you ever thought possible in one hour alongside thousands of likeminded runners.
It’s just you versus the clock. How far will you go?
1 hour Early Bird Price!£35 BOOK
Free tech t-shirt
Free race photo album
Starting against the majestic backdrop of St Paul’s Cathedral, our closed road route will take you on a journey through central London’s most famous district, taking in iconic landmarks including Mansion House, the Royal Exchange and Guildhall.
Once the hooter sounds and your time is up, you’ll head back towards the start / finish area where you will collect your hard earned medal before celebrating your amazing achievement in our Event Village with your family and friends.
*Please note, the route and venue is subject to change.
Sunday April 5:
07:30 – Event Village Opens
08:00 – Bag Drop Opens
09:00 – First Wave Starts
10:15 – Second Wave Starts
11:30 – Third Wave Starts
14:00 – Community Mile (*time subject to change)
15:00 – Event Village and Bag Drop Closes
** We recommend all international runners or anyone needing to collect / swap their Event Pack arrive 45-60 minutes before their wave start time. All other runners should arrive 40 minutes before.**
You have to be 16 years old by date of the event to run in our first 4 waves. Please also note that if you are, 16 or 17 years old by time of entering, you will need to get your parent or guardian to complete this for you: Parental Consent Form. Our Community Mile Wave is open to everyone aged 4+! However, participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participant over the age of 18 who has also registered for the event.
When will I receive my event pack and adidas race day t-shirt?
Packs will be sent out about 2 weeks before the event but can arrive as late as the day before.
If you do not receive a pack then you will need to arrive at Paternoster Square approximately 45-60 minutes before your start time. Please remember to bring a photo ID and your confirmation email. If you entered using an international address you will have to collect your pack and t-shirt on the day of the event.
Can I change the size of my adidas t-shirt?
If you have already received your t-shirt and it does not fit you may be able to swap it. Please come to the Event Village in Paternoster Square approximately 45-60 minutes before your start time. Please bring your current pack to swap (not just the t-shirt), as we will need to issue you a new timing chip that correlates to your new runner number that is printed on your new t-shirt.
I'm an international participant. When and where do I get my Event Pack from?
You will need to come to the Event Village approximately 45-60 minutes before your start time. Please remember to bring a photo ID and your confirmation email.
If my Event Pack has not arrived by Saturday morning what should I do?
If you do not receive a pack then you will need to arrive at Paternoster Square approximately 45-60 minutes before your start time. Please remember to bring a photo ID and your confirmation email. Any one who entered using an international address will have to collect your pack and t-shirt on the day of the event.
Do I have to wear the free adidas t-shirt?
All runners must wear the free adidas race day t-shirt they receive in advance of the event. This will have your unique race number printed on it which will pair with your timing chip and also be used to identify you for your personal photos.
Do I have to collect a timing chip?
You will receive your timing chip along with your adidas race day t-shirt in the post in the lead up to the event. Remember to wear this on your shoe on race day so you can get an official distance
How is my finish distance calculated?
We have ‘timing mats’ (or chip readers) located every 0.1 mile on the 1 mile route. Your official finish distance will be calculated by the last timing mat you run over when the hooter sounds after 1 hour. For example, if you complete five laps and cross four timing mats on your sixth lap before the finish hooter sounds, your finish distance will be 5.4 miles.
What time does the event start?
With five waves taking place throughout the day (9am to 3pm), runners will be able to choose their start time/wave. All waves will be mixed ability apart from two ‘fast waves’ for those who want to really push the pace. Please arrive 40 minutes before your start wave time.
How will I know how much time I have left when I’m running?
There will be three digital clocks out on the 1 mile route which will all be counting down from 1 hour, so you’ll have a good idea of how much time you have left when you’re out on the course. We will also have audio countdowns and most importantly a loud hooter when your time is up! Runners are more than welcome to use GPS watches (e.g. Fitbits) to aid them with their pacing.
What happens once the hour is up?
When the hooter sounds and your challenge is complete, you will have 10 minutes to walk back to the start/finish area where you’ll receive your hard earned medal and finish treats – wherever you are on the course when the hooter sounds, you will never be more than 0.5 miles away from the start/finish area. Once you’ve collected your medal, make sure you head back into our Event Village in Paternoster Square to celebrate your amazing achievement with your family and friends. If you have any energy left, we’d love it if you could stay and cheer on all the other runners in the later waves!
Why is the route 1 Mile?
This is a totally unique running challenge and we have created the perfect conditions for you to run as far as you possibly can in 1 Hour. In addition to being fast, flat and absolutely spectacular, the 1 mile route will enable you to effectively pace yourself and pass your cheering supporters on multiple occasions. With engaging route activations to keep you entertained, the stage is set for you to push yourself to new limits.
Can I walk around the Event Village and Route?
Yes of course. Our Event Village is open to runners and spectators from 07:30 until 17:15 and will be full of entertainment and food and drink vendors for everyone to enjoy.
Will there be Pacers?
No – part of the 1 Hour challenge is to pace yourself across the hour. However, there will be a number of clocks around the course counting down to make sure you know how much time is left.
Can I listen to music whilst running?
We strongly discourage the use of any equipment that acts as an impediment to hearing or concentration when running. This includes, but is not limited to, mobile telephones, personal stereos and MP3 players. Please note we cannot be responsible for accidents resulting from taking part with such equipment.
Will there be a bag drop?
Yes. We want you to be able to get some fresh clothes on before re-joining your family and friends to Unlock the City and make the most of the fantastic offers we’ve organised. Remember to keep your medal with you to access these great discounts.
Are you accepting participants taking part in a wheelchair?
Whist we are always looking for ways to make our events as inclusive as possible, we unfortunately are unable to accommodate wheelchair racers. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.
Will there be showers?
No. We aren’t able to provide showers but we have changing rooms so you can slip on a fresh set of clothes and Unlock the City, making the most of the fantastic offers we’ve organised. Remember to keep your medal with you to access these great discounts.
Can I run with a buggy?
Unfortunately, due to the nature of the 1Hour course, we cannot allow for runners to compete with a buggy. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.
UNDER 21’S RUN FREE
To inspire and encourage the next generation to get into running and lead a healthier, more active lifestyle, we’re giving U21’s FREE entry into every single adidas City Run event in 2020!
We’re passionate about growing the sport of running and through this initiative, we hope that we will motivate thousands of youngsters to enter one of our events and experience the thrill of taking part in a major closed road running event.
So, whether you’re a keen runner or just getting started, as long as you’re U21 on the day of the event, you can take part for free (minimum age 16).
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and attach your photo ID and we’ll explain the next steps. Please use the subject line: Under 21 Run Free.
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