POSTED: May 8th 2011
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Peace and Sport: Radcliffe, Loroupe and Kipketer volunteer training sessions for New York Marathon

Paula Radcliffe at the Beijing Olympics / fotosports
Paula Radcliffe at the Beijing Olympics / fotosports

NIKKI WICKS / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: Paula Radcliffe, the reigning marathon world record holder will support Peace and Sport as the international organisation makes its New York Marathon debut.

Working in post-conflict zones, areas of extreme poverty or lacking social cohesion, Peace and Sport uses sport as vehicle for tolerance, respect, sharing and citizenship at the service of sustainable peace.

For the first time, the organisation has been granted 20 places for the ING New York Marathon on 6 November, 2011 which will be awarded to successful applicants wishing to support the organisation’s cause.

As part of the fund raising initiative, Peace and Sport has teamed up with three of its ambassadors from its ‘Champions for Peace’ club that will offer the 20 runners a unique opportunity to train with the world-class athletes.

Joining Radcliffe on the training programme will be former world record-holder for 20, 25 and 30km and first African woman to have won the New York Marathon, Tegla Loroupe, and three-time 800m world champion Wilson Kipketer.

The three athletes will provide intensive training on-line and offer their own personal advice to the 20 runners, culminating in a 2-hour group training session in Central Park on the eve of the event.

Radcliffe set the current world record-holder for the women’s marathon in London in 2003 with a time of 2h 15min 25sec. The British runner has enjoyed massive success on the big-city marathon circuit, with multiple wins in London, New York City and Chicago.

Commenting on the initiative, Radcliffe said: “I am very proud to make a contribution to the cause upheld by Peace and Sport. Since I have been a mother I am much more aware of the desperate situations that some children in the world live in and this deeply saddens me.”

Adding: “Sport is a simple, easy-to-implement way of giving landmarks in life to children who are left to their own devices and gives them values which can greatly enrich their lives. By supporting Peace and Sport’s initiative, I hope to encourage raising funds which will be used to give a better life to hundreds of youngsters.”

The New York Marathon attracts over 40,000 professional and amateur runners each year, who run the whole of NY City before reaching the famous finishing line in Central Park.

Amateur runners who want to compete in Peace and Sport’s colours will commit to raising a minimum of Euro 2,500 (or USD 3,600) with the funds going on to support initiatives and projects in countries such the Great Lakes region in Africa, Haiti and Colombia.

Applications to run for Peace and Sport are now open. To apply to be part of the initiative, visit www.peace-sport.org.





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