How the Nike+ Human Race Works

Nike+ Human Race Route

There's no set Nike+ Human Race running route. Because every runner tracks his or her own statistics on the Nike+ Human Race Web site, it doesn't matter where you run, as long as you run 10K. That means you can even run the race at home on your treadmill, if you want.

But if you don't want to run alone, you can join one of the many events held in various cities around the world. Race locations have included cities like New York, London, Buenos Aires, Seoul and Tokyo. Organizers chose specific sites to maximize the number of runners able to participate in each city. Nike partners also hosted races in their local communities. Let's take a look at some of the previous Nike+ Human Race routes around the world.

  • Nike+ Human Race, New York The 2008 New York Human Race was held at Randalls Island and drew around 10,000 runners. Post-race festivities included a concert by the rock band The All-American Rejects. In the weeks and months leading up to the Race, Nike and local partners sponsored training runs to get people fit and motivated.
  • Nike+ Human Race, London In 2008, the race started in Wembley Stadium, and musician Moby played a rain-soaked concert. Around 20,000 people participated in the twilight event.
  • Nike+ Human Race, Melbourne, Australia The 2008 Melbourne Race took place in city streets, winding past local landmarks and the Royal Botanical Garden. It ended in the Myer Music Bowl with a concert by hip-hop artists The Hilltop Hoods and the rock band Faker.
  • Nike+ Human Race, Singapore In 2009, the Singapore Race ran along the coast of the Kallang Waters and then onto the highway. The 10,000 runners crossed the Merdeka Bridge, enjoying a view of the Kallang Basin. The race ended at the Formula One Pit Straight, where runners were treated to a multi-musician concert.

Other smaller races were also held, usually sponsored by a retail Nike store or a Nike partner. In addition, hundreds of other runners simply competed on their own routes, alone or with their running partners. At the end of each "race," participants uploaded their stats to the Web site, which tallied the results for each city, country and the world.

So, what were the results? Read on to find out.