A record one million people in Scotland are showing their support for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by sporting their trainers today, Monday 12th March.
People of all ages, from all over Scotland and across the Commonwealth, are stepping out and stepping up to make Commonwealth Day bigger, better and brighter than ever before.
Glasgow 2014's Chief Executive David Grevemberg has urged as many people as possible to be part of this celebration of fitness and fun:
The response we have had to Sport Your Trainers is nothing short of overwhelming and it's great to see everyone getting right behind Scotland and Glasgow 2014.
We are honoured to have received so much support and are more committed than ever to delivering an outstanding Games that will make Scotland proud. I'll be sporting my trainers on Monday and it feels special to be part of the one million people across Scotland doing the same.
Among the hundreds and thousands of people sporting their trainers will be:
- The 200 pupils of Raigmore Primary School in Inverness who will be sporting their trainers and sharing the moment with the dads of some pupils currently on duty in Afghanistan
- Glasgow Taxis' 2000 drivers who will be sporting their trainers behind the wheel on Commonwealth Day
- 230,000 students from Scotland's universities, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Dundee and Aberdeen
Sport Your Trainers has been backed by athletes and celebrities including Carol Smillie, Fred MacAulay, Lee McConnell, Michelle Mone, Craig Hill, Gavin Hastings, Liz McColgan, the crew of the HMS Defender, Real Radio's presenters and even Edinburgh Zoo's Dillon the armadillo has joined in to support the campaign.
Radio One star Edith Bowman today has also urged people in Scotland to be part of a magical million day for Sport Your Trainers:
"The Games will be the biggest event ever to come to Scotland, and with Sport Your Trainers, it's a great opportunity for everyone to get involved with the Games. It really is so easy and there's no reason why you can't join the rest of the country and wear your trainers this Commonwealth Day.
"I'm honoured to say that I'll be sporting my trainers on Commonwealth Day, I'm proud that so many Scots are on board and I'd encourage everyone to get involved.
"It's amazing to see all the individual pledges and what the people of Scotland will be doing on Commonwealth Day, from the down right crazy to just wearing your trainers, it's a great chance to support the Games coming to Scotland, don't miss out!"
The Glasgow 2014 website has been inundated with people's pledges, ranging from an individual who will be trying to visit nearly 100 Glasgow parks on Commonwealth Day, to rural schools allowing pupils to wear their trainers to school for the day.
To find out more visit http://www.glasgow2014.com/