Registration opens for Bloomberg Square Mile Relay race

By Sheena Amos

DUBAI 11 December 2018: The globally-renowned corporate race series, Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, is returning to Dubai for its fourth year on Wednesday, 13th February with half of all places already sold.

The organisers will donate 25% of the entry fee to charity.

The team-building relay sees 1,000 runners from teams of corporate and financial services firms compete to be the ‘fastest firm in the city’ at the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).

Designed to promote team building, a healthy work-life balance and bonding between colleagues, each team will once again battle it out for the number-one spot, making their way around the one-mile route by the iconic DIFC Gate Building. For the first time, participants will run along Gate Avenue, the new retail and fashion experience which also connects all buildings within DIFC.

Headline sponsor Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, has supported the event since it began in the heart of London’s business district in 2007. In 2019 the global series will grow to 12 cities worldwide, with inaugural races taking place in Paris and Mumbai, and will see a variety of companies in each city network, bond and collaborate outside their working environment.

10 Runners a Team

Each team is comprised of ten runners and the team with the fastest cumulative time for ten one-mile (1.6km) laps will be crowned champions. Dubai’s biggest businesses including HSBC, Barclays, Knight Frank, UBS, J.P. Morgan, and PwC will race their way around DIFC.

James Hassett, Managing Director of event organiser Square Mile Sport, said: “We’ve had a fantastic 2018 series with a record number of teams taking part across the world. We’re excited to launch the 2019 series in Dubai – the event creates a real buzz in the city and it’s great to see so many companies networking and bonding with their colleagues as they strive for that number one spot.”

This year, the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is proud to introduce The Extra Mile – a community-led initiative that addresses a unique social challenge in each city, creating an impact way beyond the finish line and giving runners the opportunity to make a meaningful and actionable difference to public health, education, arts or the environment of their communities, all through using the power of sport. 25% of each team’s entry fee will be donated to the Relay’s long-standing charity partner, Emirates Red Crescent, who will put the funds towards a year-long programme that addresses a cause chosen by the race participants. Runners will also have the opportunity to give back through service hours.

Participants and supportive friends and family will be invited to the popular post-event party with music, food, beverages and entertainment.

Bloomberg Square Mile Relay race across the Dubai International Financial Centre on 07 February 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Diego Gonzalez / Power Sport Images
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