Union St Mile Unites with new sponsors The Union St Mile is set to return in 2016 as a forerunner to the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade, with race organisers Sport Aberdeen eagerly anticipating another great event. And now with official backing from student accommodation group, Unite Students, the race will be bigger and better than ever. Unite Students Aberdeen city manager Jo Blair commented: “As a business Unite Students considers Aberdeen a key market and we are delighted to do our bit by supporting the Union Street Mile. The marvellous spectacle sets the stage for the fantastic Celebrate Aberdeen parade which brings the strong sense of community and all that’s good about Aberdeen to the fore.” “Hopefully the 2016 event will be the most popular yet with runners of all ages taking on the unique and popular challenge.” A Sport Aberdeen spokesperson said: “We are delighted to have Unite Students on board with the Union St Mile. The race is a great spectacle and is a fantastic way to kick off a day of celebration for Aberdeen. With the welcomed support from Unite Students we are confident we can deliver the best race yet in what will be a brilliant day for all” A short but gruelling challenge, the Union St Mile see’s racers divided into 3 categories of P6 – 7, S1 – 4 and the concluding seniors race, entrants of which must be able to complete a 1 mile sprint in under 7 minutes. The race continually attracts big numbers with hundreds more lining the streets to cheer them on as they watch the regions elite compete. The Celebrate Aberdeen parade will commence following the conclusion of the race. Entries for the race will open soon.