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July 12th 2022 Press Release

Runner Registration Opens for Climate Relay to COP27 ‘Running Out of Time’ 

July 12th 2022, London: Registration opens today for runners to sign up for a stage of Running Out of Time, an extraordinary 7,767km, non-stop relay from Glasgow, Scotland (COP26 host) to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (COP27 host) in the name of climate action. 

Running Out of Time will be the longest non-stop relay ever attempted with runners passing a baton containing a powerful climate change message from young people to the decision makers at COP27. Organised by The World Relay Ltd, the relay route is split into 732 stages that are around 10km each which runners can sign up for. The relay runs day and night for 38 days and travels to 18 countries. 

The relay will begin with an opening ceremony in COP26 host city Glasgow on September 30th 2022 – where the message will be sealed in the baton. Carried by runners, cyclists and sailors, it will journey through Scotland, Wales, England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt - arriving to Sharm el-Sheikh on November 6th 2022 in time for COP27 which will take place from 6th-18th November 2022.

Along the route the baton will cross seas, mountain ranges, glaciers, and deserts, villages, towns and capital cities. It will visit hundreds of schools, at-risk locations and climate change projects to inspire and champion local climate action. Running Out of Time will also be fundraising for the Foundation for Environmental Education’s Global Forest Fund and Carbon Copy

Relay Director, runner and Guinness World Record holder Danny Bent says “Extraordinary change requires extraordinary effort - it’s everything Running Out of Time is about. We want everyone that’s passionate about climate change and our planet to sign up for a stage of the relay and help us deliver a powerful message with so much support that it is impossible to ignore”.

During the relay up to a million pupils from around the world will be brought together for a Schools Action Day on 3rd November - an exciting virtual programme that champions climate change solutions while empowering young people to create an environmentally conscious world through experiential, project-based learning.

People around the world who are unable to run a stage on the physical route won’t miss out. They’re invited to pass the baton during a Global Virtual Relay on November 5th 2022 which is expected to attract tens of thousands of runners in the name of climate action. 

Who can run? Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to sign-up to the relay route. They will need to be able maintain an average pace of 6 minutes 15 seconds per kilometre /  10 minutes per mile for the duration of a stage. 

How much does it cost? The cost of entry to the relay is dependent on the country you are running in. The maximum cost will be £15 / €15 but it will be significantly less in many countries. A donation of at least 30% of every sign up will be made to the Running Out of Time charity partners, FEE and Carbon Copy. 

Running Out of Time is made possible thanks to the collaborative effort of a great many partners and supporters

Register to take part:

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Editor Notes

Press contact Larissa Clark [email protected] +47 46852672 (Oslo) 

Press images: available via LINK

Link to relay FAQs 


Registration Opens: July 12th 2022 // Relay start date: Friday 30th September 2022, Glasgow, Scotland. Opening ceremony in collaboration with Glasgow City Council // Schools Action Day Thursday 3rd November // Global virtual relay: Saturday 5th November 2022  // Relay end date: Sunday 6th November 2022, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt


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About The World Relay Ltd are multi-award winning global leaders in mass participation relays best known for their One Run series. Co-Founded by runners, adventurers and Guinness World Record holders Danny Bent and James Hay, their mission started in 2013 with One Run for Boston; a non-stop relay across the US on behalf of the victims of the Boston marathon bombings. Since then they’ve organised relays all over the world including relays across the USA and two non-stop month-long relays in London. Awarded honours for these events include Runner's World 'Heroes of Running'. Over 200k runners have participated in One Run relays raising over £1.9 million for good causes.In 2021, 165 000 students and runners from 195 countries came together for global unity in the One Run Global Relay – a 24 hour virtual relay around the world.

About Danny Bent - Danny was voted one of the 100 happiest people in the UK and one of the 50 most inspirational people in London. He is an award winning author and journalist, Guinness World Record holder, and celebrated adventurer and community leader.

About Carbon Copy is a UK charity that inspires big-thinking local climate action to accelerate our progress towards a fairer, carbon zero future.

Ric Casale, Co Founder, Carbon Copy says “Carbon Copy is delighted to team up with One Run for this extraordinary event. The relay is so symbolic of the ambition and collaboration we wish to see at COP27, and that we already see in the people working together locally to address the biodiversity and climate crises. This relay will also be a common thread that links thousands of inspiring climate action stories, showcasing leadership at all levels and encouraging more people to join in by doing something similar. Collective local climate action is having an impact globally, and we look forward to taking these stories to COP27 and sharing them with governments from around the world.”

About Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is one of the world’s largest Education for Sustainable Development organisations, with over 100 member organisations in 81 countries and a network of over 60,000 educational institutions.

Lesley Jones, President, Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) says “At a time where climate change is an increasingly urgent cross-cutting issue, FEE has chosen to prioritise climate action as part of its ten-year strategy, GAIA 20:30. There are many pathways to mitigating the impacts of climate change, and we believe that education and collaboration play crucial roles in driving climate action to overcome the challenges facing our planet. It has to be education that shows and guides us to positive solutions. The Running Out Of Time relay will not only connect those people along the route from Glasgow to Sharm el-Sheikh, but bring us all together to address a problem on a global scale. We are hopeful and excited for the relay baton to become a rallying point and a call for quality climate change education around the world.”

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