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Running Up For Air 2022
Sat 25th June 2022
In our third edition of the European event, we’re taking the challenge to new heights—asking you to join us in racking up ascent on a run between 1- and 24-hours long. Over hills, on a ski slope, through the mountains, or up the stairs. It all counts.
We are all breathing in toxic air. It damages our health and the environment around us. As trail runners we feel this acutely, but for communities living in valleys, busy cities, and mountain towns, exposure to air pollution is a critical issue. That’s why Running Up For Air 2022 is connecting runners across Europe to raise funds for 18 environmental groups who are campaigning for better air quality.
So whether you’re logging your ascent on alpine trails, or lapping the hill in your local park, every vertical meter matters. A full 24-hour grind or a relaxed hour at chatting pace, pack the gels, grab some friends, and join us for one uplifting day of altitude and awareness.
Running Up For Air is an endurance challenge, calling on runners to gain elevation while raising funds for the fight against air pollution. In our third edition of the European event, we’ve partnered with Strava to take the challenge to new heights—asking you to join us in racking up ascent on a run between 1- and 24-hours long. Over hills, on a ski slope, through the mountains, or up the stairs. It all counts. Together, we’re raising awareness and funds to support 18 environmental groups who are campaigning for better air quality across Europe.
Your prize is satisfaction—not only that you’ve completed a difficult challenge, but have done so to raise funds and awareness in support of the fight for clean air. Everyone who completes a qualifying Running Up For Air run will receive a digital Strava challenge badge, too.
For 2022, you can take part in Running Up For Air on Strava, with any run between 1- and 24-hours long. Wherever you choose to run, the aim is to accumulate as much elevation as possible, within your time. Any run with 100 meters and above of elevation, on 25 June, will qualify.
Four facts on air quality
Pollution cuts an average of two years from the lives of the global population, and nearly 800,000 people die prematurely due to air pollution, every year, in Europe. Children, asthmatics, the elderly, and those from some racial and ethnic groups are among the worst affected.
As we run, we breathe in and out more deeply. This can mean we are taking in more air pollution particulates than when we’re breathing normally. In an intense session, this can be as much as 10 times as many toxic particles.
Nine in every 10 people living in European cities are breathing in dangerous air caused by issues such as the burning of fossil fuels and biomass, industrial processes, and increasing levels of traffic.
Air pollution doesn’t just damage our health and shorten our lives, it harms the ecosystems around us too. In Europe, most agricultural crops are exposed to ozone levels that exceed what the EU deems safe for vegetation protection.
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