Congratulations to everyone who took on and completed the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay 2016, which saw ESF take the coveted title in a time of 55:57, outrunning more than 120 other teams to win a prize of HK$80,000 to donate their nominated charity, IndoChina Starfish Foundation.
In an extremely competitive race Macqurie Group and Bank of America Merrill Lynch trailed only seconds behind in a time of 56:10 and 59:06 respectively. Individually, the fastest runner Sam Fletcher, from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, completed the 1.6km route in an incredible time of 4:56. ESF Mixed Team were the inaugural winners of the Fastest Mixed Team award, with a time of 1:05:47.
More than 1,200 runners took part in the fourth annual Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, racing through the heart of Central.. Check out the full results here!
The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay course was set to not only challenge the returning runners on the start line, but also offer a unique, fun and exciting route for first-time participants. Set amidst the dramatic setting of the skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour in Central, runners compete along a unique, one-mile course taking participants around Edinburgh Place before passing the baton to their teammate. More details and a map of the 2017 one-mile course will be available soon, but here is a race map from 2016 so you know the type of course you will be running.
Edinburgh Place, Central
In an effort to reinforce our commitment to giving back, we have evolved how we contribute to the communities we run in. Unlike past years where the winning team's nominated charity received a cheque donation, every team's participation will help fund the Extra Mile programme - a local revitalisation project that will allow runners to volunteer with the local Square Mile Relay community and have a positive impact on the city.
In Hong Kong, the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay will help fund a local project in partnership with Clean Air Network (CAN).
CAN is an independent NGO that encourages the public to speak out about the health impacts of air pollution. Through community engagements, CAN aims to create a cleaner air environment for the next generation by fostering community cohesiveness and raising awareness regarding the impact of air quality on public health in Hong Kong.
Runners will be able to take part in the project - The AirMazing Race - with local students, on Thursday 7th December. This competition and scavenger hunt will allow teams to work through assigned challenges throughout the city and learn about various air pollution issues facing Hong Kong.
The collective effort of 7500+ runners across 10 cites will positively impact our global community of race cities, reinforcing Bloomberg’s long-standing commitment to strengthen and improve lives in the communities where we live and work.
Through inclusion training and the home-based working opportunities, Unleash Foundation aims to demonstrate the potential and capability of youths with physical disabilities. Unleash Foundation also facilitates collaboration among business, social and governmental sectors to achieve valuable social capitals.