World Marathon Challenge

Secondary -> 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: you can run your event any time from 26th September to 7th October 2016.

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

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



Teams can be entered into one of two age categories:

Juniors – 13 and under

Any age – adults can take part too!

The main World Marathon Challenge competition is for mixed teams made up of equal numbers of boys and girls from the same school, in the 13 and under category.

There are additional competition categories for single gender teams, non-school teams and teams of older runners.

We recommend that primary school teams enter the 5000m Challenge instead of completing the full marathon.



The World Marathon Challenge is simple and inexpensive to set up. Here’s how the event works:

Stage your event on a running track or field. The marathon distance is divided into sections of 200m.

Teams are made up of 26 to 36 runners – each person completes up to 9 sections.

Results are logged on our World Leaderboard, with awards for the winners. Find out about the competitions for UK teams.

The challenge: try to beat the world marathon record!



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