Among the 54,000 people taking part in the Great North Run are two very different runners, raising awareness of their chosen charities.
Crowds turned out in the rain on Teesside to welcome home gold medallist Kat Copeland.
Team GB's record medal haul is already encouraging people in the North East to take up new sports, but the real test of legacy comes later.
Young people onTyneside will be competing in rap battles and street dances as part of Newcastle's Olympic Games.
The Urban Games come after the end of the official Olympics but before the Paralympics in London.
The third annual event will see young people going head to head in alternative sporting and art activities including dance, rap, DJ-ing and skateboarding - among other things.
The Games were set up by youth development charity Solar Learning Services CIC in 2009 and now attracts 300 competitors.
Teesside's Olympic gold medallist Kat Copeland will be the guest of honour at a homecoming party in Stockton tonight.
The 21-year-old and her rowing partner Sophie Hosking took the gold in the Women's lightweight double sculls at London 2012.
The celebration for Kat is being held at Tees Rowing Club, where she trains. Members of the public are invited to the riverbank between the Princess of Wales Bridge and the Infinity Bridge.
Kat is expected to show off her gold medal from the balcony of the rowing clubhouse, overlooking the riverbank, at 6:30pm.
Now the Olympics closing ceremony is over, thoughts are turning to how to make a lasting legacy in the North East. At one stables in Newcastle, the number of people interested in dressage has already risen after Team GB's double gold success.
The success of the Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin and her team has led to a rise in people wanting to take up dressage at Newcastle's Stepney Bank stables.
Mo Farah is set to take part in this year's Great North Run. The distance runner won two golds at the London Olympics.
The 29-year-old won the 10,000m race during the first week of the competition. A week later Great Britain held it's breath as Farah fought off competition down the home straight to win gold in the 5000m
Farah will line up with the other 52,000 runners on Sunday 16 September to take part in the 31st Great North Run.
Hannah Pettifer reports from the Olympic Park on the final day of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Mongolian runner Serod Batochir, who trains with the Morpeth Harriers, has finished in 51st place in the men's marathon in a time of 2 hours 20 minutes 10 seconds.
George Patterson from the Morpeth Harriers says Serod Batochir who trains with the Northumberland running club is likely to finish in top 20 in the Men's marathon.
After 25 kilometers, the runner, also known as "Ziggy" was in 25th place in the race.
Batochir is representing his home country, Mongolia.
In the women’s 20km race walk on Saturday, Team GB’s Johanna Jackson was disqualified due to a foot foul.
Jackson was omitted from the race for putting a foot out of place around the eight kilometre mark.
– Jo Jackson, Team GB
Unfortunately today wasn't to be and I got disqualified. I didn't think there was anything wrong with my technique, but obviously the judges saw that there was.
I was on for a personal best and I gave it everything, it just wasn't to be.
Jackson, who began race walking ten years ago, added:
The 27-year-old who started race walking 10 years ago, finished 22nd in Beijing in 2008. The race was won by Russia’s Elena Lashmonova, with reigning champion Olga Kaniskina, who had led for the majority of the race, settling for second.
– Jo Jackson
"It meant everything to compete in front of this crowd and obviously I'm really gutted. I feel I've let everyone down now."