FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
London 2012 Appoints The London Marathon To Work On The Olympic and
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games
(LOCOG) has appointed the London Marathon to manage the Olympic and
Paralympic Marathons in 2012 and assist in the design of the courses.
In a unique arrangement, the London Marathon will provide, as required by
LOCOG, personnel and equipment at no cost to ensure that the courses are
the best designed in the world in terms of the route, athletes’ needs and
in providing a visually stunning backdrop of the city.
Lamine Diack, President of the IAAF, said: "This is very good news. The
London Marathon run one of the best Marathons every year, and their
expertise will be a bonus to the London 2012 organisers. I look forward to
watching the Olympic and Paralympic Marathons in London in 2012."
Debbie Jevans, LOCOG Director of Sport, said: "The London Marathon
organisers have a vast wealth of expertise which will prove invaluable as
we work to deliver the Marathon events in 2012. I look forward to working
Dave Bedford, Race Director of the London Marathon, said: "We are honoured
to have been asked by LOCOG to help organise the Olympic and Paralympic
Marathons. We look forward to working closely with LOCOG on the courses,
which are ideal for both athletes and spectators. We are delighted to have
been chosen to see this task through, particularly with our knowledge of
the streets of London."
The London Marathon will assist LOCOG in managing the events and the
athletes and provide the equipment and facilities required such as feeding
and misting stations, race vehicles and start facilities.
The London Marathon originally helped design the route in the Candidate
File in the Bid phase. This route is provisionally fixed to go through
central London passing many iconic locations before heading east towards
the Olympic Stadium. Detailed feasibility work will now take place to
confirm the exact route and all the required arrangements such as transport
and crowd management. Up to 100 elite men and women athletes will take
place in the Marathon events in 2012.