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A Race through London's Parks
There is always an exciting running event going on somewhere in London. With its many parks, pathways, and green spaces, the city is well-designed for runners of every level from the solitary morning jogger to thousands of marathon runners. The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon takes place every year on the first Sunday of October and is well-known as one of London's most beautiful and charitable races.
The 13.1 mile course runs through Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James's Park, and the Green Park and includes many of London's iconic landmarks along the way, such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Parliament.
London Green Park. Photo by Erin Connelly.
Most runners register to run for one of the many charities supported by the race. The race officially has 365 charity partners, including large, global organisations (Doctors without Borders, UNICEF) and smaller, local charities. In fact, runners have raised an estimated £11 million for these charities since the race first started in 2008.
This half marathon is designed solely for runners (not walkers), but there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for everyone who would like to be involved in the race, including handing out water, managing participant queries, and distributing medals to runners.
Participants can register for a place in the race by supporting one of the charity partners or by running with a company or international team. If these options do not apply, there is a public ballot for a limited number of places in the race. Runners must register their interest via the official race website.
The next (provisional) race date is Sunday, 6 October 2013.