The AbbottWMM Global Run Club has launched Legends Week – a new free virtual challenge taking place from August 15-19.
To participate, runners must complete one challenge a day, for five days, to earn their Legends Week virtual badge and enter a prize draw for a special signed gift from five elite athletes.
‘Each daily workout has been chosen by one of the legends to offer a mix of distances and training styles for everyone to enjoy.’
Participants can walk or run their way through each of the workouts:
- Monday 15 Aug: 4 x 1-mile with Edna Kiplagat
- Tuesday 16 Aug: 5km with Deena Kastor
- Wednesday 17 Aug: 4 x 400m with Daniel Romanchuk
- Thursday 18 Aug: 6 miles with Johnboy Smith
- Friday 19 Aug: 1-mile with Yuki Kawauchi
The virtual challenge organisers have given a background to each of the elite athletes offering up workouts….
- Edna Kiplagat, the Kenyan runner who is a former world champion, three-time AbbottWMM Series Champion and a Six Star finisher. She loves to add some speed and repetitions into her weekly routine and kicks things off with 4 x 1-mile repeats.
- Deena Kastor, a former American record holder and Olympic Bronze medalist for the marathon but also a 5km champion too! She set the 5km world record on the road at Carlsbad in 2002 (14:54) and she still enjoys racing them today.
- Multiple Major winner Daniel Romanchuk is a master of many distances. Representing the United States, he claimed the gold medal and a new World Record at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in the T54 400m in 45:72, coming from behind to win by 0.1 second! His workout is 4 x 400m on the track or road.
- British wheelchair racer Johnboy Smith the newly-minted 2022 Commonwealth Games Marathon champion, is also a Six Star finisher! Smith, who took second place in the 2017 New York City Marathon, completed his Six Star journey in Tokyo earlier this year. His challenge is a six-mile run to celebrate this success.
- Japanese marathon legend Yuki Kawauchi who ran his final mile of that grueling 2018 Boston Marathon in 5:12! He survived rain, wind, and hail to take the finisher tape on Boylston Street for the Boston Marathon victory. We are closing the week with a 1-mile challenge to celebrate and appreciate that amazing feat.