Running to support clean air

The "Running Up For Air" challenge is to return on July 31 and runners can take part virtually

Running Up for Air

by Trail Running |

Pic credit: Olly Bowman

Runners all over Europe will clock up thousands of vertical metres in the quest to improve air quality in the Running Up For Air challenge on July 31.

Participants are being invited to run laps up and down a hill, mountain or even stairs to raise awareness around air pollution.

Running Up For Air was launched in Utah and moved to Europe, in Chamonix, in 2019. Supported by Patagonia, runners will log their runs via a virtual hub.

Top trail runner and Patagonia ambassador Clare Gallagher said:  “Running in Chamonix, I learned from locals about the cloud of air pollution that hangs over the valley on smoggier days. I could feel how similar Chamonix air pollution is to that of Salt Lake City. No matter where we live, taking a day to run, think and do something about air pollution is worthwhile.”

The €20 fee to take part will go directly to 18 environmental groups fighting for clear air. Participants can take part individually or form teams with friends. The challenge will take place for 24 hours from 6am CEST (5am UK) on July 31.

Patagonia ambassador Martin Johnson said:  "As a trail runner and ultra-runner, there are few things I love more than running in nature and experiencing the joy of breathing in fresh air.  However, the reality of being a father of two, living and working in London, means opportunities to escape to the countryside, the mountains and the clean air they offer are often limited.  As a result, I spend more time than I'd choose clocking-up daily miles running through the streets of the capital  - and some of the poorest quality air in Europe - in training and on my way to and from work.”

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