Two leading charities are joining forces to give people a rare opportunity to be part of a special team running this year's Asda Foundation Leeds 10K.
A lucky 150 runners will take part in the popularrace on Sunday 20th July as members of the Run With The Rhinos team.
The opportunity will celebrate 150 years of rugby in the city and raise money for Leeds Rugby Foundation and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
It was officially launched today [Tuesday 25th February] by Rhinos star Ian Kirke, who is also a patron of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Ian said: "This is a brilliant chance for people to pull on their trainers and hit the streets alongside their Rhinos favourites. Better still, at the same time, they can raise funds for two really great causes. Jane's legacy continues to inspire people to do amazing things - hopefully our loyal Rhinos fans will be encouraged to challenge themselves with this great opportunity."
Rhinos' chief executive officer Gary Hetherington and club legends Barrie McDermott and Keith Senior will be among those running for the team.
Leeds Rugby Foundation now has 150 10K places up for grabs, with each runner handed a place asked to raise a minimum of £150.
Those who hit the minimum target will receive:
- A unique Run With The Rhinos running shirt and a chance to bid for the number of their choice between 1 and 150.
- A limited edition, exclusive Steeden 150 Year branded rugby ball.
- An invite to a pre-run pasta party in the week leading up to the race.
- An offer to take part in a pitch parade at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium during half- time of the Leeds Rhinos v St Helens Super League encounter on 29th August, (for which a match ticket must be purchased)
Any runner raising at least £400 will enjoy extra benefits including having their rugby ball signed by the Rhinos' first team squad and a VIP invite to one of the club's home games.
The package for two people includes entry through the corporate gate, a pre-match two-course meal hosted by Keith Senior, pre-match analysis by a member of the Rhinos' squad, cushioned corporate seating for the game and post-match admission to the Long Bar - the players' lounge.
Bob Bowman, of Leeds Rugby Foundation, said: "The Leeds 10K is a fantastic event and it will be even more special for the 150 members of our Run With The Rhinos team.
"They will enjoy some unique benefits, have a great day and raise money for two extremely worthy charities."
Siobhan Curtis, Jane Tomlinson Appeal legacy manager, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Leeds Rugby Foundation, which has put together a superb offer.
"I'm sure many people will want to be part of the Run With The Rhinos team and people should act quickly to make sure they secure one of the coveted places."
All the money raised by the team will be split equally between the foundation and the appeal.
To register for a Run With The Rhinos Place email Siobhan.Walpole@leedsrugbyfoundation.org Registration deadline is Monday May 5th
To find out more... www.leedsrugbyfoundation.org/takingpart/run_with_the_rhinos_2014.php
The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K is one of the most popular 10Ks in the North and attracts thousands of runners every year. For more information about the event, organised by Jane Tomlinson's Run For All, and to enter visit www.runforall.com.