Supporting runners and race organisers across Europe

The number of people taking part in organised running activities is growing rapidly. Every runner has their own reason for taking part, and their own hopes and expectations for the quality and safety of the public mass participation races they enjoy. And every race organiser will want to show they have the same concerns for quality and safety, so they can attract the entrants they need to make the event worthwhile.

Which is why we need a system to assess and publicise the quality of mass participation races. At present, only limited regulations exist, and only in some European countries, and they are not always universally understood. For this reason, European Athletics has developed, with the help of leading running experts, a set of safety and quality standards for public road races.

With the support of the athletics federations of all European countries, these standards serve to confirm and maintain the expected requirements. They also stand to encourage positive partnerships and relationships between everyone involved in running - runners, clubs, organisers, European Athletics, national athletics federations, local authorities, service providers and the media.

We are promoting and administering the standards system on this website, with its own recognisable brand, to create a welcoming, inclusive and informative community for runners and organisers alike. Our aim is to encourage and endorse as many races in Europe as possible. That’s what we mean by Running for All.

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