This week Cork City Council, as the event’s major sponsor, was delighted to host the official launch and to confirm the Irish Examiner as our title sponsor once again. We welcome back Cork’s 96FM & C103 as our broadcast partner, and the River Lee remain loyal supporters as our hotel partner.
Last year, for the first time in 11 years, we moved from the June Bank Holiday Monday to Sunday. The date change contributed to what was the most successful race day to date. With a record number of entries, runners and walkers took to the streets of Cork in their thousands to tick off this bucket list challenge, crossing the Patrick’s Street finish line to the cheers of family, friends, supportive Corkonians and visitors to the city.
Will you be one of the expected 10,000 participants who sets their sights on the finish line as their 2018 goal? One of the most popular topics each January is that of New Year’s resolutions – an opportunity to aspire to some form of personal growth and improvement. Many will aim to eat healthier, to be more active, improve fitness, to lose weight, or to set other goals for the year ahead. This year we have a challenge for you. Run the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon!
You want me to what? Yes, run a marathon. Don’t fret if you feel that a marathon is just too much of a stretch for your fitness level. The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is more than a marathon. You don’t have to complete the full marathon, as half marathon and relay options are also available. Not to forget the Youth Challenge, which gives an opportunity for young people over 16 years of age to be part of the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon Team Relay.
Many New Year’s Resolutions fail because you feel isolated in your endeavour, but this event is about community, both local, national and international. Last year recorded a phenomenal turnout as participants from over 24 different countries, representing 47 nationalities embraced the sights, sounds and spectators which make the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon a unique experience for those taking part and differentiates it from other Irish and International marathons. The relay category is another avenue to feel a part of something and gives participants, in particular first-time athletes, a chance to join a group of like-minded individuals all striving to achieve the same goal.
Speaking at the launch, Race Director Jim O’Donovan commented on this exciting sporting challenge, “There is always great anticipation and buzz surrounding the launch and this year is no different. Moving the race day from Monday to Sunday last year proved a huge success and allowed more flexibility for visitors both nationally and internationally traveling to participate. This change also allowed all participants an opportunity to celebrate their great accomplishment that evening, and gave athletes a day to rest and recover before heading back to their nine to five on Tuesday. This development was very well-received by all participants, many of whom have already registered to beat their previous PB on the course this year. “
This must-attend event in the Irish sporting calendar is not all about winning. It’s the taking part that counts. The process of training for a marathon provides a focal point and platform through which you can achieve a myriad of goals. Over the years, the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon has become more than a marathon, recognised for its inclusivity. It’s for runners, walkers, wheelchair athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and supporters. It is for those looking for a way to get fit, to set a new personal best, a way to raise money for a local charity or a fun day out with family and friends.
“To those who have always wished to have an Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon medal hanging around their neck but are apprehensive they can make the distance in the category they set themselves as a goal, I have just one important message for you – you can! We are so proud of the special event we have created which provides a competitive platform for professional athletes but is just as welcoming and accessible for amateurs. You are never alone on the course as stewards, spectators and fellow athletes are all willing you to the finish line. So, I would encourage everyone to take the leap and create that special memory that will be forever with you,” added O’ Donovan.
Now in its 12th year, the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is an internationally recognised marathon welcoming participants from home and abroad, with certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). This marathon is a qualifying race for other marathons, such as the Boston City Marathon. The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is a City Council supported event in partnership with Athletics Ireland, Cork Business Houses Athletics Association (BHAA), An Garda Síochána, Cork Education & Training Board, the HSE, Voluntary First Aid & Medical bodies such as St. John Ambulance, Irish Red Cross, Order of Malta, Cork Fire Services and Civil Defence as well as local groups and communities.
“Marathon Sunday is one of my favourite days of the year as I see the city come alive. I would encourage individuals of all ages, levels and abilities to get involved in the 2018 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon. It will be a fantastic day in the city, and a great way for participants to take in the iconic Cork sights and sounds as they take to the streets. We’re calling on everyone, from first timers to professional athletes, to lace up your trainers and look forward to seeing you at the start and finish line!”, urged the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald.
Speaking at the launch Karen O’Donoghue, Marketing Manager with the Irish Examiner, said “We are delighted to partner with the Cork City Marathon again in 2018. We look forward to welcoming several thousand to the streets of Cork; spectators, volunteers and runners of all levels, speed and fitness.”
So why not start your New Year off on the right foot by setting the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon as one of your 2018 goals. Remember, this is more than a marathon so entries are now open for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay and Youth Challenge.
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