From Friday 21 to Sunday 23 March 2014, more than 60,000 people will participate in Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games in the UK.
Sport Relief, started by Comic Relief and BBC Sport in 2002, is a biennial charity event where people raise money for vulnerable populations in the UK and around the world by participating in sporting events across the UK over the three-day period. Sport Relief’s main focus is the Sport Relief Mile, but there’s also longer running distances plus swimming and cycling events.
There is also a telethon hosted by celebrities to raise more money for the event. In 2012, the charity telethon alone raised £50,447,197!
There Games will be held in several event locations throughout the UK. One location is Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This gives event participants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run, swim, or bike at the same location as their Olympic heroes.
The Mile (running): The flagship Sport Relief Mile will take place in London, but there will be hundreds of other running events happening all over the UK. Runners can choose from 1-mile, 3-mile, and 6-mile event distances.
The Swimathon (swimming): Over 600 pools across the UK will host swimming events. You can swim on your own or participate with a team. Distances include 1.5k, 2.5k, and a 5k swim as well as a “simply swim” option.
The Cycle (biking): There will be three cycling events, one each in London, Manchester, and Glasgow. Choose from the family-friendly 3-mile event or challenge yourself with the 25-mile or 50-mile events.
How to participate
To find a Sport Relief event near you, search on Sport Relief’s event page.
To learn more about sponsorship and fundraising opportunities, including how to get your own fundraising kit, check out Sport Relief’s fundraising page
The money participants raise will be spent by Comic Relief to help those who are less fortunate in the UK and abroad. For example, in the UK, money will be used to give young people shelter, to protect those suffering from domestic abuse, and to support mental health services. Worldwide, funds will be used to provide children with education and to provide communities in need with fresh water and vaccines. To find out more about how the money you raise will change lives, visit Sport Relief’s “what we do” page
If you cannot participate in the Sport Relief Games but want to help out, check out Sport Relief’s sponsor and donate page to contribute.
Good luck to all participating in the Sport Relief Games!
Let us know if you’re participating in this year’s games!
Written by Jen Matz.