The IAAF today announced the launch of World Running, a new global website which aims to bring the world of running together.
Developed on behalf of the IAAF by The Realbuzz Group, the free-to-access website is aimed specifically at non-elite runners and will also give them the chance to discover how they measure up to their peers around the world.
The world-first grassroots ranking system is based on a complex algorithm factoring times, number of races completed, weather, terrain and age. It is designed to be easy to use, enabling runners to record their race results and track their progress online.
The rankings are combined with expert training advice and networking with fellow runners to create a total online running experience for users.
Also included are event listings, training advice and injury support, as well as exclusive elite athlete interviews, reports and features.
Lamine Diack, President of the IAAF, said: “This is an important step in our engagement with the worldwide running community – a large and important part of the athletics family.”
“We are very pleased to be able to offer runners of all levels – from fun runners to experienced marathon runners – this unprecedented opportunity to gain an official global ranking. I am certain it will prove a new motivation for many participants, and help to bring the running world even closer together.”
Visit World Running at http://www.worldrunning.com.