TCS London Marathon: Where we run for the greater good
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For the greater good
The TCS London Marathon is one of the world’s great showcases for good causes. Every year, tens of thousands of runners take on the famous course to raise money for charity and raise awareness for causes close to their hearts. With so many people running in aid of others, the race generates a feel-good factor that resonates across the city and around the world. It’s one of the reasons the TCS London Marathon has become the world’s biggest fundraising event — with more than £1 billion banked for good causes. This year we have a special focus on supporting education initiatives and using technology to lower the event’s carbon footprint.
Team TCS Teachers
Teachers do a great job of encouraging young people to be healthier and more active. For the 2023 event, we’re bringing the Team TCS Teachers programme to London after five years of success at four North American races, including the TCS New York City Marathon. We’re partnering with 15 inspirational teachers, putting them on the start line and giving them a platform to amplify their efforts to help young people of all abilities lead more active and healthier lives. Each of the 15 teachers will also advocate for TCS’ programme of STEM education in schools. As we head deeper into the digital age, science, technology, and maths skills will be crucial to helping the next generation build successful careers.
TCS Mini London Marathon
This year we’re setting children a challenge to get themselves into the record books by taking part in the TCS Mini London Marathon. By signing up to run, jog, walk or wheel the one-mile distance at their school, kids can have their efforts recognised by Guinness World Records. The record on offer is 'the most pledges received for an exercise campaign in one month', the number they need to beat being 241,675. Schools can submit their entries, post which they just have to ensure that pupils complete the distance any time between April 17 and May 12, 2023.
Entry to the TCS Mini London Marathon is free, and each school will receive a certificate if the record is broken. The event is a great way to help children develop good, active habits for a fit and healthy life from a young age. TCS rewards every child who finishes the TCS Mini London Marathon by offering £10 per student to their school to help enhance PE or IT equipment.
Our charity partner
With our focus on supporting children and young people through education, we are delighted to extend our partnership with City Year UK as our official corporate charity partner for this year’s marathon.
City Year UK works to reduce educational inequality in the UK. Around 30% of children are growing up in poverty in the UK, and many children from low-income families achieve grades well below the national average. City Year UK provides schools in deprived communities with inspirational volunteers aged 18-25 who coach and encourage pupils to succeed. These near-peer mentors and tutors help the children achieve their higher-educational goals while gaining essential skills and real-life experience through their year-long school placements.
TCS was founded on the belief that the purpose of businesses should be to support the communities in which they operate. Our partnership with City Year UK goes to the heart of that purpose and is making a real difference in the communities the volunteers serve.
A greener race
Everyone involved in organising the TCS London Marathon is committed to making the event as sustainable as possible. And we know our participants share our passion for being greener. The marathon is now just a year away from its target of cutting carbon emissions to net zero and two years from removing more carbon from the atmosphere than the event emits.
TCS has partnered with the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS) to help event organisers meet climate-responsible standards. TCS built the ReScore app for CRS, and this year we will be putting it to work to measure our own progress on the marathon’s sustainability targets. If you’re running this year, you can help us reach our green targets by using public transport to reach the event and by avoiding disposable packaging for your nutrition and hydration needs.