You can just imagine how the slightly misheard conversation went in a busy London office. The boss says: “Anyone fancy a square meal in the City next week?” A forest of hands shoot up and there's no shortage of volunteers for the 11th annual Bloomberg Square Mile Relay next Thursday (21 September), even if having to run a mile before tucking in at the Race Village after-party in Guildhall Yard might come as a bit of a shock to some city slickers!
Since its inception in 2007, the phenomenally popular Bloomberg Square Mile Relay has grown to embrace 10 international cities, with San Francisco, São Paulo and Tokyo joining the roster in 2017. The global race series prepares for another sell-out with 120 teams from top businesses across the financial services sectors competing to be the fastest company in the City, tackling the new and improved one-mile route around the iconic Square Mile.
With 27 races held to date, Bloomberg Square Mile Relay runners have successfully completed 25,250 miles – that’s equal to running around the globe! Having never finished outside the top three and with six London victories to their name, Barclays are the team to beat with their 2016 course record time for the 10-stage race of 53:05 the target. The Fastest Mixed Team trophy, introduced last year, also promises to be fiercely contested as female participation continues to grow, with a total of 235 mixed teams having competed in the race series to date.
James Hassett, Square Mile Sport managing director, said: “Team-bonding and corporate wellbeing are the core tenets of the event that make it much more than just a running race. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that is inclusive for all the office. This year we’re delighted to welcome new sponsors World Wide Technology and London Executive Offices to the London event and I am sure they are as excited as we are to watch the city’s top employers compete at the 11th edition of our race in the Square Mile.”
This year, Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is proud to partner with Create – a charity that explores the ways artists can contribute to the lives of people in cities. As the official charity partner for the London race, Create will be presented with a donation on race night and participants and supporters will be invited to go 'The Extra Mile' by volunteering for an ambitious redevelopment project in East London.