European Athletics launches European Race of the Year Award

Runners in the 2019 Virgin London Marathon
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Runners in the 2019 Virgin London Marathon

European Athletics is proud to announce that applications for its first European Race of the Year Award are now open.

The Award is designed to recognise a European race that excels in areas other than performance. Key areas that will come into consideration include social inclusion (with both its race participants, organising staff and volunteers), the protection of the environment and community outreach.

The deadline for candidature submission – with races themselves outlining why they should be considered for the Award – will be midnight CET on Thursday 25 July. 

A shortlist will be announced by European Athletics on Thursday 1 August and an expert panel involving stakeholders from various sectors, including fellow race organisers, will then confer and adjudicate who should win this prestigious inaugural Award. 

Races must be certified as adhering to the European Athletics Quality Road Race standards, which act as an assurance for road runners throughout Europe that the race commits to providing a certain level of services, depending on the level of certification. Currently there are more than 900 races across Europe that have received certification. 

To submit a candidature, please click HERE

The Award will be given during the Welcome Dinner on the opening night of the second European Running Business Conference which this year will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from 6-8 September.   

Further details of this year’s European Running Business Conference – which has quickly become one of the ‘go to’ events in the world of road running – can be found at  

The website includes details of the programme, biographies of the speakers, information about how to register for the event and links to event partners.