AAF Run 24-1 headed to Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, for the event’s first stop in the Americas.
Race walkers Luis Fernando Lopez, the 2011 world 20km champion, and Sandra Lorena Arenas, the first Colombian athlete to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, greeted 400 people at the Cicloruta Biblioteca Virgilio Barco.
“I’m so happy to be a part of this IAAF Run 24-1 event today,” said Lopez.
While several of the participants were clearly keen runners, many of the crowd were running their #FirstMile. There were also a few pet dogs in tow and a couple of babies in buggies being pushed around the one-mile loop.
“This is a very good idea; a very good initiative,” said Carlos Sanmartin, the first finisher. “Having 24 cities is fantastic because it shows that the whole world cares about running and that the number of runners is increasing.”
“It’s a great opportunity for us to be part of the global initiative,” added Colombian Athletics Federation President Ramiro Varela. “Thank you IAAF for inviting Colombia. I’m looking forward to next year.”