THE GREAT North CityGames Elite Mile race will relocate to Stockton-on-Tees for 2018.
The event is to move from NewcastleGateshead for the first time and will see world-class athletes battle it out over the mile distance on the banks of the Tees.
It will sit alongside the brand-new Simplyhealth Great Tees 10K on Saturday 8 September as part of the Simplyhealth Great North Run weekend.
There'll also be the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Tees Run, which offers courses of 2k and 4k that give children aged three to 14-years-old the chance to get involved.
The event is being brought to the Borough thanks to a new partnership formed between Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the Great Run Company, who are the organisation behind the UK's leading mass participation series, including the world's biggest half marathon, the Simplyhealth Great North Run.
Council Leader, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “This is a huge coup! We are very proud to be bringing a Great Run event to Stockton-on-Tees and are looking forward to welcoming thousands of runners and spectators to the Borough in September.
“The Great Run Company is a globally renowned brand and this will see us join the likes of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Dublin in hosting one of the company's successful large scale, mass participation running events
“And the Simplyhealth Great Tees 10k takes place just a day before the biggest of them all – the Simplyhealth Great North Run – so this promises to be a memorable weekend for the North East region as a whole.
“It's going to bring so many benefits. As well as raising our profile it will provide a major economic boost to the area, encourage exercise and raise lots of money for charities.
“I'm particularly looking forward to the Elite Mile, which will give people the chance to see world class athletes competing here and will be broadcast to a huge television audience, putting us well and truly in the spotlight.”
The Great Run Company's Chief Executive, Paul Foster, added: “We are thrilled to be able to bring the Great Run series to Stockton-on-Tees.
“Great Run is all about getting people active and the Simplyhealth Great Tees 10k and the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Tees Run give even more people the opportunity to take part in the North East's biggest weekend of sport.
“Our partners, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, have been determined to bring these events here, and together we're looking forward to welcoming thousands of families to this vibrant Borough to take part and to watch in September.”
The event was launched in Stockton High Street, with Councillor Cook and Mr Foster being joined by Stockton's very own world champion athlete, Richard Kilty.
Richard, aka ‘The Teesside Tornado', said: “It's really exciting – bringing an event with this kind of profile is going to do so much for the area.
“As it happens, I've done loads of training down on the riverside over the years. In fact, my first session after winning the gold at the World Indoor Championships was on the Infinity Bridge and it's going to be a great setting for these events.
“I'm really looking forward to it because it's going to bring people together. You've got the Elite Mile full of world-class athletes plus a 10k, Mini and Junior events so there really is something that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy.”
Entries are now open for the Simplyhealth Great Tees 10K – for full details of run routes and how to enter, visit Greatrun.org/Tees10k