World Athletics marked World Environment Day by launching the first phase of its Run Smarter City Challenge on Saturday (5), a friendly competition between the running communities in the Swiss cities of Geneva and Lausanne that’s part of the global governing body’s broader campaign to raise awareness about air quality around the world and the impact it has on elite athletes and recreational runners.
Preliminary analysis of data collected at last weekend’s World Athletics Half Marathon Championships indicates that Gdynia has the best air quality of any major athletics event or road race measured since World Athletics’ Air Quality Project started in 2018.
As part of World Athletics' clean air initiative and its ongoing research into athletic performance in extreme environments, staff from the Health and Science department recorded environmental and air quality data along the Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathon course in Sapporo, Japan, on Saturday (8), exactly one year before the men’s race is scheduled to take place.
World Athletics has today launched its Sustainability Strategy, which has a central goal of making the organisation carbon neutral by 2030. The strategy addresses global issues that pose a threat to the quality of our lives, using the power of sport and athletics to create a better world for communities.
The World Athletics U20 Championships Nairobi 2020 will be the first global track and field championships where air quality will be measured and analysed.
In the long distance running community, there was much to celebrate at last month’s Valencia Marathon. For the first time, four women broke 2:19 in the same race. Five dipped under 2:20, another first. Both the men’s and women’s race winners, Kinde Atanaw Alayew and Roza Dereje, set Spanish all-comers records. And all the while, the quality of the air that they, and the 23,089 other runners who started the race were breathing, was measured and monitored.
World Athletics Ambassador Paula Radcliffe highlighted the importance of the IAAF's air quality initiative and the need to get people involved in exercise during a presentation at the EU Clean Air Forum in Bratislava on Thursday (28).
Vivian Kiplagat broke the women’s race record at the 37th Telcel Mexico City Marathon, while Duncan Maiyo’s victory in the men’s race made it a Kenyan double at the IAAF Gold Label event on Sunday (25).
Organisers of 2019 Herculis EBS IAAF Diamond League meeting on Friday (12) are aiming to not only host another spectacular edition but also, for the first time in athletics history, to produce an event where the stadium’s air quality will take centre stage.
As part of the IAAF’s continued pilot programme to measure air quality at stadiums around the world, the project's first air quality monitor in Asia was installed on Friday (10) at Yokohama International Stadium on the eve of the IAAF World Relays Yokohama 2019.
The IAAF’s innovative Air Quality Project was one of the key talking points at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi this week.
Despite being diagnosed with asthma at the age of 14, Paula Radcliffe went on to win multiple world titles at cross country, the half marathon and marathon. She also won three New York and three London marathons, setting the world record of 2:15:25 in the British capital in 2003.
The IAAF has today launched its first air quality monitor in the Southern Hemisphere, at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre in Australia, as part of a pilot programme to measure air quality at stadiums around the world.
The second air quality monitor in the IAAF’s pilot programme to measure air quality at stadiums around the world was installed at Addis Ababa Stadium on Friday (2), the project’s first in Africa.