Scotland puts on its trainers

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The Organising Committee for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has gained widespread support across Scotland through the 'Sport Your Trainers' campaign, which aimed to get as many people across the nation as possible to wear their trainers on Commonwealth Day in mid–March 2011.

The number of people who wore their trainers that day stood at more than 750, 000. A six week campaign wassupported by public figures such as Sebastian Coe, Daley Thompson, government ministers, MSPs and Councillors, and by professionals who all put their best foot forward for the campaign and wore their trainers in fire stations, schools, universities, police stations and local councils right across the nation. Organisations supporting 'Sport Your Trainers' and wearing their trainers to support Glasgow 2014 were very varied, and included the Great Britain Alpine Ski Team, Commonwealth Games Wales, the Glasgow Gaelic School, Netball Scotland, the Starbucks coffee shop at Glasgow Fort, the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology in Glasgow, the Highland and Shetland Council, students at the Business School in Edinburgh University and hundreds of schools throughout Scotland. Leading the first year of the campaign, which will run annually on Commonwealth Day until the Games are staged in 2014, Glasgow 2014 chief executive John Scott said: " The response we have had to the campaign in its first year is nothing short of overwhelming. This has proved that Scotland is a nation wholeheartedly proud to host the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, in 2014, and genuinely see this as a Games that the whole country can get behind and be part of. " The range of supporters has also been staggering, and not exclusive to Scotland with trainers being worn by Scots where they are around the world, Commonwealth Games Wales have also signed up, and even the Great Britain Alpine Ski Team. We are honoured to have received so much support for the campaign and are more committed than ever to delivering an outstanding Games that will make Scotland even prouder. " The number of trainers worn on Commonwealth Day if you put them end to end, were the equivalent of:– 1, 740 laps of the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the East End of Glasgow– 1, 088 laps of the new Hampden Park athletics track– 8, 700 lengths at Tollcross Pool– Eight and a half triathlons– Ten marathons– 162 trips up and down Ben Nevis– Three lengths of the West Highland Way– 42 times around the subway in Glasgow.

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