New section of the London Marathon 2022 route will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and promote inclusivity
Carnival-like stretch will greet participants just after 21-mile mark
The atmosphere at the 2022 London Marathon looks set to be even more joyous than usual, with the organisers announcing the inclusion of a carnival-like stretch to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.
‘Rainbow Row’ will be located on what is usually Butcher Row in Limehouse, a 250m stretch of road that is just past the 21-mile mark on the course.
London Marathon Events says it is working closely with the LGTBQ+ community to create a ‘carnival atmosphere laong Rainbow Row’ for this year’s race on Sunday, October 2.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the TCS London Marathon, said: ‘Rainbow Row is going to be an incredible new section of the TCS London Marathon course that will be full of energy and entertainment, giving our participants a great motivational lift at arguably the toughest point of the marathon.
‘But, more importantly, Rainbow Row continues our ongoing commitment to make the TCS London Marathon a truly inclusive event for all. We have worked in collaboration with members of the LGBTQIA+ community to design this new section of the route and we’re really looking forward to showcasing it to participants, spectators and TV viewers around the world.’
Jeremy Joseph, the owner of G-A-Y and Heaven nightclubs in London, who has run the London Marathon on 11 occasions, has been working with LME, alongside others, to plan Rainbow Row.
He said: ‘Rainbow Row is so important because participants are from all walks of life, including sexualities and genders. The love and support we show each other on marathon day is incredible and now we have a focal point where love wins before the painful last stretch to the finish line.’
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