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- 16 February 2015 00:00
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Road to Rio mobile app
Get active and join in the journey from the Olympic Stadium in London to its Rio de Janeiro equivalent!
This mass participation initiative has been launched by the London 2012 legacy project ‘Get Set.’ The aim is to encourage 5-19 year olds to work together in teams to take on the challenge of Running, walking, skipping, hopping or travelling any way they like to record the 9,298km distance from the Olympic stadium in London to Rio.
The road to Rio app logs the distance covered and awards virtual badges for reaching milestones and trying different sports, motivating the next generation to experience a wide variety of physical activities.
Since 2012, more than 4 million young people have been involved in the ‘Get Set’ programme and it continues to inspire and engage.
Lord Seb Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA) says : "I will be writing to all 24,500 schools registered with the programme to ask them to get together, get active and continue to live the Olympic and Paralympic values all the way through to Rio 2016."
Double Olympic gymnastics bronze medallist Max Whitlock and Paralympic sprint bronze medallist Olivia Breen, who alongside Lord Seb Coe, opened the virtual journey at Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic park, both said they are particularly focused on their own roads to Rio and felt spurred on by the participation of so many young people along the way.
"It's great to know that while I'm training hard out on the track as I aim to qualify for Rio, students across the country will also be getting active with their own challenge to celebrate the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games," Breen added.
Will you take on the challenge?
Kick-start your virtual journey to Rio 2016 now: https://www.getset.co.uk/road-to-rio