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COP27: Thousands Set to Send a Message to World Leaders in Record-Breaking Climate Relay Thousands of runners are preparing for their stage of a record-breaking relay effort to pass a baton 7,767km through 18 countries containing a climate message from young people to world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27. Called ‘Running Out of Time’, the mass participation relay from Glasgow, Scotland (COP26 host city) to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (COP27 host city) will take 38 days and nights and be the longest non-stop relay ever attempted. The relay starts on September 30th 2022 and the inaugural stage will begin following an opening ceremony hosted by Glasgow City Council, where the message will be sealed in the baton. Carried by runners, cyclists and sailors, it will journey on a route through Scotland, Wales, England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt - arriving to Sharm el-Sheikh on November 5th 2022 in time for COP27 which will take place from 6th-18th November 2022. Runners - from kids to Presidents - will carry the baton in 5-10km stages of the route which crosses seas, mountain ranges, glaciers, and deserts, villages, towns and capital cities. It will visit hundreds of schools, at-risk locations and climate change projects to inspire and champion local climate action. At the same time, runners will be fundraising for the Foundation for Environmental Education’s Global Forest Fund and Carbon Copy. The official relay baton has been created by award-winning Glasgow-based designers 4c Design whose many accolades include the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton. The iconic spiral design of the Running Out of Time baton represents the four essential layers of climate action - international, national, local and individual. Running Out of Time Co-Founder Jamie Hay says “This is our most critical mission yet. Our aim is to deliver a powerful message to the decision makers at COP27 with so much support that it is impossible to ignore if we’re to have a hope of securing a transition to a safe climate future. Running Out of Time symbolises the very essence of climate action - it’s an extraordinary, bold, ambitious plan that will only succeed because everyone has worked together. I know we can do it.” As part of the relay, pupils from more than 68 countries have so far signed up for a Schools Action Day on 3rd November and up to a million are expected to take part. The exciting virtual educational programme will champion climate change solutions while empowering young people to create an environmentally conscious world through experiential, project-based learning. People around the world who are unable to run a stage on the physical route won’t miss out. They’re invited to pass the baton during a Global Virtual Relay on November 5th 2022 which is expected to attract tens of thousands of runners in the name of climate action. Running Out of Time is organised by The World Relay ltd and made possible thanks to the collaborative effort of a great many partners and supporters. Register to take part: www.running-out-of-time.com 30th Sept - 1st October Scotland Stages 1 - 28 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/united-kingdom/ 1st October - 5th October England Stages 29 - 100 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/united-kingdom/ 5th October - 6th October Wales Stages 101 - 126 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/united-kingdom/ 6th October - 9th October England Stages 127 - 177 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/united-kingdom/ 9th October BOAT Channel Crossing to France 10th October - 10th October France Stages 178 - 183 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/france/ 10th October - 11th October Belgium Stages 184 - 210 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/belgium/ 11th October - 13th October Netherlands Stages 211 - 252 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/netherlands/ 13th October - 16th October Germany Stages 253 - 344 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/germany/ 16th October - 17th October Austria Stages 345 -358 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/austria/ 17th October - 18th October Italy Stages 359 - 404 ` Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/italy/ 18th October - 19th October Slovenia Stages 405 - 427 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/slovenia/ 19th October - 20th October Croatia Stages 428 - 461 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/croatia/ 20th October - 22nd October Bosnia & Herzegovina Stages 462 - 504 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/bosnia-and-herzegovina/ 22nd October - 22nd October Montenegro Stages 505 - 518 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/montenegro/ 22nd October - 24th October Albania Stages 519 - 557 Detailed Route -https://running-out-of-time.com/route/albania/ 24th October - 27th October Greece Stages 558 - 629 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/greece/ 27th October - 31st October BOAT Athens, Greece to Paphos, Cyprus 31st October - 31st October Cyprus Stages 630 - 645 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/cyprus/ 31st October - 1st November BOAT Larnaca, Cyprus to Haifa, Israel 1st November - 4th November Israel Stages 646 - 699 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/israel/ 3rd November 2022 Schools Action Day 4th November - 5th November Egypt Stages 700 - 726 Detailed Route - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/egypt/ 5th November 2022 Global Virtual Relay Details - https://running-out-of-time.com/route/0 6th-18th November 202 COP27: Sharm El Sheikh - Date & details to follow. Side event hosted by FEE in partnership with UNESCO, OCE and others.

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