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Welcome the World 5k Road Race

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21 December 2007


Entries for the Welcome the World 5k road race - to be held in Holyrood Park immediately prior to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on Sunday 30 March - only opened this week, but among the first to confirm her participation in the race is New York Marathon Race Director and CEO of New York Road Runners, Mary Wittenberg.


The former winner of the Marine Corps Marathon (Washington) will also be joined in a starting line up that is targeting more than 2,000 runners by UK Athletics Chairman Ed Warner.


Warner said: “What a great way to be a part of a World Cross Country Championships on home soil - taking part in a mass 5k around Arthur's Seat and then coming out of the finish funnel just in time for the Opening Ceremony. I'll be sporting the yellow and green vest of the Fittleworth Flyers, my West Sussex running club, but I think this will appeal to runners of all standards – not just club runners - who can race and then watch the world's best in action.”


The Welcome the World 5k will also incorporate round two of the 2008 Stewarts Scottish Road Racing Grand Prix which should attract a strong club turnout. The race will be chip timed.


For more information and online entry, log on to www.edinburgh2008.org