The European Mile is a free event celebrating the joy of moving again at your own pace – by running, walking or rolling a mile. Create your own event or donate your miles during 2021 to take part, and move together with people around Europe for the main celebration on 5th June 2021.
The European Mile is a new European initiative organised by ISCA and supported by the Erasmus+ Sport programme of the EU. The week will take place from May 31st to June 6th, which coincides with ISCA’s MOVE Week.
Running and walking are among the most popular types of recreational physical activity in Europe. It is estimated that around 50 million Europeans run regularly and many more enjoy walking. But in 2020, many of us stopped moving or moved less because of local restrictions. The European Mile is a fun and easy way to get moving again and reconnect with people around Europe by sharing your miles and donating them towards a common cause.
People from all walks of life can join one of the physical or virtual European Mile events, or donate their moved miles in support of selected grassroots sport or physical activity initiatives. For the European Mile, we consider the iconic distance 1.6 kilometres to be our key metric. But we also know there are many different mile distances, so we encourage you to #FindYourMile! Anyone can register an event or even join in with a self-organised activity. Simply share your run, walk or roll with the hashtag #FindYourMile to take part – every MOVE counts – and don’t forget to donate your miles right here!
The European Mile is an initiative supported by the Erasmus+ Sport programme of the European Commission and is coordinated by ISCA as part of the NowWeMOVE campaign.
As part of the week Athletics Ireland, who are coordinating the delivery of the European Mile week in Ireland this year, are encouraging as many people as possible to organise or take part in a physical / virtual mile event. (All events will of course need to be compliant with existing Government public health guidelines). Schools, clubs, community groups, workplaces etc. are all encouraged to take part.
Check out the European Mile website for more information on the event. If you have any queries on the event, please contact the European Mile coordinator in Athletics Ireland, Valerie O’Brien by email