Where: Glasgow Green, Glasgow
£: Admission to Glasgow Green is free
What is it?
Virgin Media is giving sports fans the chance to race the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games this summer.
Race Bolt is a unique, interactive experience, created to bring the thrill of the race to the public and boasts a huge 40 metre long and three metre tall LED screen.
Open daily at Glasgow Green from 24th July until 3rd August 2014, Race Bolt offers sports fans the opportunity to taste greatness by racing against a larger than life Usain Bolt. Competitors can race on a professional quality 30 metre athletics track, as the icon himself features on the LED screen.
Runners are invited to take to the track for the race of their lives – after replicating the famous ‘lightning bolt’ pose of course – while infrared sensors ensure that the runner’s height, size and technique are all captured, giving each challenger an overall run time. Participants’ names and times will be added to an overall leader board, which will be updated daily to showcase the fastest times.
Usain Bolt said: “Everyday people come up to me and say let’s race…We’ve answered the call and my fans now have a great opportunity to race me even if it’s against the big screen… Let’s see how fast you guys really are. I know I’m fast. How fast are you?”
Race Bolt will be positioned at the heart of the Glasgow Green Live Zone, which will see this well-loved city park transformed into a ‘home’ hosting a free house party, with a traditional warm Glasgow welcome. It will host the Opening and Closing Ceremony Parties, performers and artists from across Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth, great music, family activities and live sport. The Glasgow Green Live Zone is one of three iconic outdoor locations where celebrations will be taking place from morning to night every day as part of Festival 2014. It will bring together over 1,000 performances across 100 venues, transforming the city alongside the sporting action.
Do you fancy your chances against Bolt? Then go along and have a go if you think you’re fast enough!
More info: To secure your place on the starting line, simply visit www.virginmedia.com/glasgow2014 and don’t forget your trainers!