More than 2000 staff, students and alumni have registered for the Simply Health Great Manchester Run as part of The University of Manchester’s Purple wave on May 20.
The organisers are bidding to beat last year’s record-breaking total of 2,500 runners, who took part in the 10k race in Central Manchester.
The University will have its own start time, with a Purple Wave of runners wearing the purple technical running t-shirts they receive on registration.
The team have been enlisting the help of superstar athletics legend Mo Farah who urged everyone from The University of Manchester to sign up for the Simply Health Great Manchester Run on 20 May.
Farah will be taking part in the event, and told staff, students and alumni: “Good luck to everyone from The University of Manchester.” He added: “Get cracking guys, still time to sign up to the Purple Wave.”
Runners who agree to fundraise for The University’s acclaimed Undergraduate Access Scholarship will be able to take part for free. The scheme support’s bright young people who come from the most deprived parts of Greater Manchester.
University staff and alumni can also register for free when they commit to raising £100 for the scheme.
The internationally renowned 10k run will be staged for the 16th time, with the day also including a half marathon in the heart of the city.
Head of Head of Sport Vicky Ackerley said: “In just three years the Purple Wave has gone from a crazy idea to an established annual mass participation event for The University of Manchester community.
“We are currently the only organisation to have our very own starting wave, and hold the record for the largest entry.
“Whether a seasoned runner, or a complete beginner looking to improve your health and wellbeing, this event provides the opportunity to be part of something really special and raise the profile of our University.”