The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay returns to the streets of London on Thursday 21st September. The global race series prepares for another sell-out event with 120 teams from top businesses across the financial services sectors competing to be named the fastest company in The City, taking on the new and improved one-mile route around the Square Mile.

Since its inception in 2007, the phenomenally popular Bloomberg Square Mile Relay has grown to include 10 international cities with San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Tokyo joining the roster in 2017. With 27 races having taken place to date, Bloomberg Square Mile Relay runners have successfully completed 25,250 miles – that’s the equivalent of running around the globe!

Having never finished outside a podium position, and with six London victories to their name, Barclays are the team to beat with their 2016 time of 53:05 still the record. The Fastest Mixed Team award, introduced in 2016, also promises to be fiercely contested as female participation continues to grow year-on-year, with a total of 235 mixed teams having competed in the global race series to date.

While all teams will be striving for victory, at the heart of the event lies camaraderie, teamwork and the desire to give back to local communities. The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay series is a unique platform where companies can network, bond and collaborate outside the office environment.

James Hassett, Managing Director, Square Mile Sport said, “Team-bonding and corporate wellbeing are the core tenets of the event that make it much more than just a running race, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that is inclusive for all the office. This year we’re delighted to welcome our new sponsors World Wide Technology and London Executive Offices to the London event, and am sure they are as excited as we are to watch the city’s top employers compete at the 11th edition of our race in the Square Mile.”

This year, Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is proud to partner with Create – a charity that explores the ways artists can contribute to the lives of people in cities. As the official charity partner for the London race, Create will be presented with a donation on race night and Bloomberg Square Mile Relay participants and their friends and families are invited to go ‘The Extra Mile’ and join Create for a unique volunteer opportunity in East London on Saturday 7 October. Volunteers will be a part of an ambitious capital redevelopment project to transform a Grade II listed former train station and surrounding lands into a new community resource, including space to host artist-led community development programmes. Bloomberg has supported Create since 2014 and ‘The Extra Mile’ projects build upon Bloomberg’s service-focused commitment to the cities where employees live and work.

Bloomberg is the headline sponsor of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, now entering its 11th year and taking place in London, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Sydney, New York, Sao Paulo, San Francisco and Tokyo.
Find out more about the race at www.squaremilerelay.com/london and secure one of the few remaining team places.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: General view of runners on the course during the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay on September 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Bloomberg Square Mile Relay)

About Bloomberg: Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Terminal. Bloomberg’s philanthropy and engagement programme harnesses the unique expertise and talent of its employees to strengthen communities and improve quality of life worldwide.

About Create: Create exists to explore the ways artists can contribute to the lives of people in cities. The organisation’s work is primarily focused in east London, home to more artists and art organisations than anywhere in Europe, and one of the most economically deprived parts of the UK. Create helps artists to connect more closely with communities through an ambitious programme of projects. The organisation commissions art anywhere. Unlike a gallery or theatre, there is no fixed public space, with work in the places people encounter everyday. Working collaboratively informs everything Create does and our projects are driven by artists, issues and places.

About Square Mile Sport: Square Mile Sport is the owner and organiser of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay – a unique and exciting global running series for corporate teams to race around the heart of their city’s financial district. Square Mile Sport is part of Benchmark Sport International, the holding company for a global network of brands and business that specialises in the development of sport-related networks in the business and social sector.