Become a Guinness world record holder! There aren’t many days when you can become a world record holder, listen to live music, pick up a free tree, take a 5km fun run (optional!) and enjoy live family entertainment – but one of them is coming up soon.
Taking place on Saturday 15 September in one of London’s most beautiful parks the Tree-Athlon, organised by Trees for Cities, a charity dedicated to turning Britain’s cities green, is a three part event with a green twist in the spirit of a traditional triathlon.
Trees for Cities are looking to encourage people to sign up, take part and help raise vital funds which help keep our cities green, healthy and beautiful.
The first part of the day is the 5km run around Battersea Park – with every runner getting an exclusive free T-shirt designed by acclaimed fashion designer, Markus Lupfer (whose work is normally to be found in Net-a-porter, Selfridges and boutiques).
The second bit of the Tree-Athlon is a 100m barefoot run – hopefully setting a new world record for the number taking part at the same time.
The third segment is a fabulous free family festival with live music from the VW Campervan stage, a free UK-native sapling for everyone to take home and plant, children’s games, bird box-making, a golden face painting caravan, hula hooping, stilt walkers and nature arts and crafts.
The fun starts from 9am on Saturday 15th September with the 5km race starting at 10.15am.
Sharon Johnson, Chief Executive of Trees for Cities, said: “Our Tree-Athlon is a fun day out for all the family. The money raised by the Tree-athletes helps towards the planting and care of thousands of urban trees across the UK and internationally.”
Last year almost 900 people took part in the 5km fun run, raising over £40,000 for Trees for Cities and 416 people also took part in the successful world record attempt for the 100m barefoot, including Radio DJ Gaby Roslin, who hosted the fundraiser.
The charity’s supporters include supermodel Lily Cole, Radio DJ Gaby Roslin, TV Presenter Ben Fogle, comedian Shazia Mirza, TV sports presenter, Gabby Logan, TV garden designer Diarmuid Gavin, and Channel 4’s City Gardener Matt James, Blue Peter Gardener Chris Collins and Fashion designer, Giles Deacon.
Register now: http://www.treesforcities.org/get-involved/tree-athlon/
Battersea Park, London – Saturday 15th September
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Notes to Editors: Trees for Cities is an independent charity, which inspires people to plant and love trees worldwide. Set up as Trees for London in 1993, Trees for Cities’ aim is to create social cohesion and beautify our cities through tree planting, community-led design, education and training initiatives in urban areas that need it most.
We manage projects across the UK and Ireland as well as internationally in cities such as Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Kigali, Ica and La Paz. Our work supports urban tree planting initiatives particularly in deprived areas of cities.
Community-led design is an integral part of our landscaping projects. Involving local residents, schools and community groups helps ensure the sustainability of green spaces.
Trees for Cities patrons include Jon Snow, Jamie Oliver, Neil Fox, Chris Collins, Alistair McGowan and Sir Richard Rogers. www.treesforcities.org