The Run For All team will be ditching their cars next Thursday (21 June) in a bid to raise awareness about air quality issues in Leeds and promote the use of greener transport in the city. As part of their awareness drive, they are inviting the whole of Leeds to get involved in a mass run to work.
According to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), around 40,000 deaths in the UK are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution each year. Emissions from car, vans and lorries are responsible for much of these emissions.
Run For All are encouraging people to share their Clean Air Day stories and will be holding a competition on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The best run to work selfie post on Clean Air Day will win a VIP place at the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K on Sunday 8 July. To enter, runners will need to tag @RunForAll and use the hashtags #CleanAirDay and #RunToWork.
Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events at Run For All, said: “Air pollution in the city is an issue we all recogniise. It’s hard to think that one person can make a difference but leaving your car on the drive a few days a week, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for your health.
Tristan continued: “We’re inviting everyone in Leeds to join us in our pledge to run to work on Thursday 21 June. It’s a challenge for sure, but run-commuting is great way to get to and from work. You’re effectively training and getting fit in dead time. You’re also not sat bumper to bumper in some traffic jam!”