Music on the move for runners can be a bit of a no go area in many races but not in the brand new concept of AIR:RUN London. Read on to discover the meaning of AIR in this context and to find all the details on the first half marathon to be run on fully closed roads, wholly inside Richmond Park.
So what exactly does AIR stand for, then? AIR is short for AUDIO INSPIRED RUNNING and the event will feature a revolutionary new running concept. Runners can expect music zones on the route and entertainment that moves with them. Further details of how that will be achieved will follow but here at runABC South we are intrigued. Silent disco meets half marathon??
Fresh AIR really has arrived in Richmond Park! The team behind the sell-out Richmond RUNFEST weekend
in Kew Gardens are responsible for AIR:RUN London hitting the roads inside London’s largest Royal Park on 31 May 2020.
AIR:RUN will be a 10k and Half Marathon on fully closed roads, heavily linked with music and entertainment. AIR:RUN will be encouraging runners to bring headphones to the event as they also connect with nature, including the resident herd of 630 wild deer!
Race director Tom Bedford said: “Running takes guts, determination, motivation, inspiration… that is why so many runners are mavericks at heart, including us! So we wanted to break some rules and come up with a new event that will take running to a new level. Now, most big runs ban participants from using headphones. It makes sense as they often share roads with all kinds of traffic. But we have Richmond Park to ourselves. No traffic. No danger. So we are going to push the boundaries and stand out compared with other running events out there.”
“AIR:RUN is aiming to make a lot of noise in the mass participation market but in the sensitive natural environment of Richmond Park the music will all be in the technology. Runners will be encouraged to run to their own beat during the run and we are in talks with world-renowned scientists who specialise in performance enhancing music!”
For runners who prefer the sound of their own footsteps, this event will still offer all the fun features of Richmond RUNFEST. In fact, runners' favourite triangle medals will continue with AIR:RUN, so you can complete your ‘medal pie’ at this event.