Olympic Park Run ballot opens

Picture of Roger Black, Tamzin Outhwaite and Danny Crates launching the Olympic Park runThe National Lottery will be hosting the first ever public event in the Olympic Stadium, and you could be one of those running on the new track. 

The National Lottery Olympic Park Run will offer the chance for 5,000 participants to be the first to cross the Olympic finish line. It will take place on 31 March 2012 and the five mile course will be contained within the Olympic Park. 

The ballot for this run opened on Friday, 30 September and will stay open for four weeks until midnight on 27 October 2011. The National Lottery is keen to ensure that as many people across the UK have the opportunity to apply for a place in the run.

This event has been organised as a celebration of the £2.2bn National Lottery players contribute towards the funding of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including the venues and infrastructure.

LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe commented: "The National Lottery and its players have made a significant contribution in helping us realise our vision for the most spectacular Olympic Park, which will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.  I’m delighted that The National Lottery will give members of the public the chance to be the first to cross the finish line in the Olympic Stadium."

The online ballot can be entered by visiting www.national-lottery.co.uk/run and the run is open to anyone aged 16 or over, of any running ability.  The 5,000 lucky hopefuls chosen from the ballot will also be allocated a pair of spectator passes each to the Olympic Stadium, so that two friends or family members can cheer them on and be part of this memorable occasion.

The cost of entering The National Lottery Olympic Park Run will be £15 for successful applicants which covers a race number, two spectator passes for the Olympic Stadium, a full information pack, an event T-shirt to run in on the day, computer chip timing for a completely accurate running time, a souvenir finisher's medal, on-course refreshments and a finisher's pack.

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