World 5000m Challenge

Primary -> Endurance

The Eveque Sportshall Development Team have developed an annual international simultaneous relay competition. This incorporates both the World Marathon Challenge (suggested for Secondary aged students) and the 5000m Challenge (for Primary aged children).

Students from all over the world will compete simultaneously to break (and set!) new World Records over the Marathon and 5000m distances!



We know schools have busy schedules so this year we’re offering a two week window from 26th September to 7th October 2016.

We’ve designated the 5th October 2016 for our main event when we’re inviting as many teams as possible from around the world to run their races simultaneously*.

*For those teams running simultaneously on 5th October, the start time is 11am BST



The event is for teams of children aged 7 to 11 on the day of the event.

The minimum team size is 10 children with each team member running 5 times over a 100m distance.

There is however, no maximum team size so all the children in your class can run. If you have more than 25 children some can run in pairs or why not divide the class into teams to create an exciting competition.

For children who don’t wish to run there are other ways in which they can be involved acting as  team managers, timekeepers, etc. (see diagram for details)

Teams can either be mixed (a maximum of 6 Boys or 6 Girls to qualify as a mixed team) or all girls and all boys and there is also a category for ‘any age’ if younger or older children wish to take part.

In addition to school teams, teams are welcome to enter from other organisations such as the scouting movement and youth clubs.



The 5000 metre distance is divided into 50 sections of 100 metres each.

Each team member completes one 100 metre section before passing the baton to the next runner.

Each runner completes a maximum of 5 sections.

Runners should wear race numbers to identify their position in the relay sequence.



For information on how to take part in the World 5000m Challenge please visit the Competition Centre (link at the side of the page).