800+ participants for the Run530
On Friday 19 July the alarms of hundreds of people from Sussex buzzed earlier than usual to get them to New Road for some early morning exercise whilst the city is still asleep. Run 5.30 is a 5k event that starts from the city centre at 5.30 am on a business day, to promote the positive effects of daily physical activity and healthy eating. The unconventional format shows participants they can fit exercise into their busy lives by waking up just a bit earlier.
Reasons behind the run
Sabrina Severi, the Italian co-founder & nutritionist, describes the reasons behind the unconventional Run 5.30 project: “We are passionate about promoting a positive lifestyle which can be achieved with a little movement every day and by paying attention to what we eat. Our message is celebrated every year when we organise early morning walks/runs with final breakfast made of seasonal fruits across Italy in spring and summer.”
“Since 2017, we brought Run 5.30 to Brighton – the only event outside of Italy – and the response from the local communities has been wonderful. Participants who share our values have become our ambassadors and thanks to word of mouth we have more than doubled the number of registrations from last year.“
Support for local charities
The organisers are also proud supporters of local charities in every city they host a Run 5.30 event. In Brighton, Run 5.30 will donate part of the entry fee to children’s charity Rockinghorse and the leftover fruits from the breakfast will be given to local food banks. All the funds raised will be going to The Rockinghorse Activities Programme at Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit in Haywards Heath.