The Royal Parks Half Marathon, presented by Royal Bank of Canada, has announced the return of British women’s activewear brand Sweaty Betty as the official apparel partner for the second year running ahead of this year’s race, which takes place on Sunday 8th October.
16,000 runners are set to take part in the race this year. Last year 52% of runners were female, making it one of the UK’s only major running events to have more female competitors than male. Sweaty Betty’s mission to empower women through fitness and beyond aligns seamlessly with the Royal Parks Half Marathon’s emphasis on inclusivity, welcoming participation from people of all abilities and experiences.
The Royal Parks Half has raised nearly £60 million for charity since 2008. Sweaty Betty shares this commitment to giving back, with 160 members of the activewear brand’s internal team taking part in the race to raise funds for the Sweaty Betty Foundation, whose mission is to empower girls from every background to get active, and stay active, for life.
Liz Tack, Head of Royal Parks Half Marathon said: “We are delighted to welcome Sweaty Betty as our official apparel partner for our 16th annual race. For the second year running, they will bring their unique energy to the event and participants will be able to enjoy a warm-up and cool-down in the event village led by Sweaty Betty and their expert team. The countdown is well and truly on until the 8th of October and I can’t wait to cheer on all those taking part.”
Global Sweaty Betty Brand President, Melissa Mullen, added: “As a British heritage brand, it is an honour to work with the Royal Parks Half Marathon, which is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and iconic races in the UK. Our partnership with the race marks the start of Sweaty Betty’s 25th birthday celebrations, and I’m delighted to be doing so with an organisation that truly aligns with our brand values.”
Following the return to the race’s original route in 2022, runners will once again start and finish in London’s famous Hyde Park. The 13.1-mile course takes runners through four of London’s beautiful Royal Parks, including Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park, and Kensington Gardens, as well as past several of London’s iconic landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and the Royal Albert Hall.