Runners will deliver parcels during Olympics

An international delivery service which normally uses vehicles and cycle couriers to distribute packages is turning to a team of runners to beat the London Olympics crush.

With close to 5 million visitors expected for the July 27-Aug. 12 event, along with the stringent security measures, and special lanes reserved for athletes and employees, German express delivery service DHL is enlisting London-based JogPost’s team of foot couriers to help make sure its packages arrive on time on the clogged streets of the capital.

JogPost co-founder JJ Harding describes his 400-odd runners as mainly contract workers and suggested they would leave feats of endurance to the Olympians.

“They generally run somewhere between five or six miles a day,” he said of his crew. “Obviously we don’t want them running half marathons every day.”