The European Union’s global navigation satellite system, Galileo, will become the Presenting Partner of the new half marathon series, Superhalfs, which includes the Copenhagen Half Marathon and four other European half marathons.
With Galileo as presenting partner, the international half marathon series SuperHalfs receives major backing ahead of the series launch at the EDP Lisbon half marathon on March 22.
The European counterpart of the American navigation satellite system, GPS, Galileo is Europe’s independent, civilian and free system behind the location services, that billions Europeans use every day in smartphones, cars, planes, fitness trackers and various other devices.
Opening new horizons
Just as the SuperHalfs, Galileo is the result of cooperation and innovation within Europe’s member states, major cities, industries and companies.
“One of the core values of SuperHalfs is to open new horizons to runners, just as Europe is doing by providing timing and positioning services through Galileo, Europe’s civilian Global Navigation Satellite System,” says Carlo Capalbo, SuperHalfs Founding Member
The appetite for the SuperHalfs series has exceeded all expectations, with three of the five events already sold out and the other two very close, after an influx of international participants chasing SuperRunner status.
Thousands of runners from around the world have created a virtual passport and started planning their journey ahead of the first race in Lisbon on 22 March. Many will be using Galileo-enabled devices as they plan their participation, using mapping apps or tracking their progress in training with a location-based fitness tracker.
”The SuperHalfs series gathers people who already understand the importance of accurate positioning and timing in monitoring sports performance, and to whom we want to pass the message that this accuracy is also being provided by Galileo, Europe’s global navigation satellite system, and is already available in their watches, smartphones or wearables. We are looking forward to seeing SuperHalfs runners run, and win, with Galileo,” said Pascal Claudel, Acting Executive Officer of the European GNSS Agency.