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World 1,500 Metre Challenge for primary schools

The World 1,500 Metre Challenge is a simple relay event for primary school teams of nine children who race other teams from across the globe in a friendly ‘virtual’ competition.

It runs in parallel with Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge for secondary school pupils. The event aims to enrich children’s understanding of issues in their own communities and the wider world.

The runners should be aged between 7 and 11 on the day of the event. Results are posted online so that teams can see how their times compare with their peers from around the world.

Simple to organise

The World 1500 Metre Challenge is a very simple event to organise:

  • It can take place in a school playground or playing field
  • It only takes ten minutes or less to run
  • It can be organised by a single teacher with the help of older pupils or mums and dads as time-keepers, lap counters and marshals.

To learn more, please download our Organiser’s Guide.

Go to World Marathon Challenge main page


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