The 2016 Cork Youth Challenge was launched with the help of students and teachers from Christ King Secondary School, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál and Colaiste an Phiarsaigh. (Our thanks to all for turning out on such a cold and wet day!). The Youth Challenge is for young people aged between 16 and 18 years old. It’s non-competitive and encourages an activity that is fun and challenging while promoting fitness, participation and positive mental health.
“The Youth Challenge will not only further cultivate their interest in long-distance running, but also give them the opportunity to demonstrate the marathon spirit together with other athletes,” said Jim O’Donovan, Race Director, Cork City Marathon.
Youth teams of five will complete the marathon course as a relay, taking a stage each and completing a maximum of 5.8 miles. Training for this non-competitive relay can take just 13 weeks, but early sign-up of teams is vital.
Commenting on behalf of the headline sponsor of the marathon, Karen O’Donoghue, Marketing Manager with the Irish Examiner said: “Over the years, many young running enthusiasts have participated in the Youth Challenge – a challenging and rewarding sporting achievement. The Irish Examiner continues to encourage the growth and development of the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon so we would youths across Ireland to get involved this year.”
For further details on the Youth Challenge and to enter, click here.