The Daily Mile™ announced as the official school education fitness program supporter of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22
The Daily Mile, supported by INEOS, has today been announced as the official school education fitness program supporter of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, promoting the positive benefits that daily activity has on physical, mental, and social health in school.
The partnership aims to increase awareness of The Daily Mile in schools – a transformative, free initiative where children run, jog wheel or walk for fifteen minutes every day, in which time, most people will average a mile or more – and encourage elementary schools in Oregon, America and the rest of the world to take part.
Since The Daily Mile was started by former elementary school Principal, Elaine Wyllie, in Stirling, Scotland just ten years ago, the initiative has improved the health and wellbeing of millions of children. Children and their teachers engage in the mile together, getting healthier while building relationships that result in better classroom management and academic performance. Today over 3 million children across 14,000 schools globally are now running a mile a day and now The Daily Mile is coming to the USA. And Oregon is leading the way.
On Friday, April 8, kids in Portland ran The Daily Mile for the first time as part of the World Wide Welcome Youth Relay, the youth engagement program created by the local organizing committee of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 to celebrate the 100-day countdown to the start of the Championships. The World Athletics Championships are coming to the United States for the first time, 15 July–24 July 2022.
Elaine Wyllie, Founder of The Daily Mile, says: “Working with the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, we hope to encourage children in Oregon, the rest of the U.S. and across the world to take part in The Daily Mile – a simple, free and effective way to improve wellbeing.”
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Founder & CEO of INEOS, adds: “We know that the positive experiences we have at a young age shape habits for life- which is why it’s so key to help young children enjoy getting active daily. Running is the simplest, most natural exercise you can do, it’s fun and social, and it helps to teach the basics of a healthy lifestyle. As childhood becomes more sedentary than ever, we’re proud that The Daily Mile has helped over 3 million children get up and running- and is inspiring their families too.”
Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon, says: “I am delighted to hear that The Daily Mile and the World Wide Welcome Youth Relay are partnering to maximize youth engagement opportunities for the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 and beyond. The programs bring people together as part of a global movement while improving health and wellbeing. I encourage educators and youth group leaders across the state to explore these programs with their students and kids.”
Please see the USA Daily Mile promotion film here: https://vimeo.com/698189033/975544878c
N.B. The Daily Mile is also due to celebrate it’s 10th birthday on the 28th April, and will mark the occasion by holding a huge virtual running event, bringing together thousands of children across the globe alongside an in-person event with 800 children in Dundee.
So far, over 255,000 children across the UK, U.S., Portugal, India, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Kenya, Malta, Denmark, Germany and beyond have signed up- and we’d like to get INEOS running too!
In partnership with INEOS Energy Station, we invite INEOS staff, family, and friends to join in for 15-minutes of fun, outdoor exercise. To take part please register your participation (solo or as a team), here: https://www.ineosenergystation.com/challenge/the-daily-mile-turns-10/
- Download a copy of the official Press Release
- Download The Daily Mile and World Athletics Commercial & Video
- Download Daily Mile Photos
- Learn about the Youth Engagement Program Making Tracks on the World Athletics website
- Download B-Roll of The Daily Mile (coming soon!)
- Download The Daily Mile Fast Facts, Flyer, and School Health Guidelines