The Echo Women's Mini Marathon, hailed as Munster’s premier women’s road race, takes place this year on Sunday, September 22.
Now in its 38th year, the race has grown to become one of the biggest sporting participation events in the region, attracting thousands of participants each year, many of whom are fundraising for their chosen charity. Millions have been raised over the decades, benefitting many charities from Cork and further afield.
"This is one of the best occasions in sport in Cork," Lord Mayor Mick Finn said at the start line of last year’s race. "I have to commend Cork Athletics for organising it, and the sponsors because it is a fantastic event.
"We have so many brilliant charities in the city and to see all the support they get today from the people of Cork is wonderful."
In 2018, people took part in aid of Marymount Hospice, CUH, Cobh First Responders, Cork Pink Walk, Cork Simon The Mercy and many more. Charities from outside Cork also benefited, with runners from around Ireland and Temple Street and Crumlin children's hospital represented. Animal charities and many other specialist groups also had runners involved.
The Echo has been the proud title sponsor since the race was founded and are delighted to have Tesco on-board as an associate sponsor.
All proceeds from the mini marathon are invested by Cork Athletics to assist with the development of athletics in the Cork region.
As well as the thousands of women taking part to raise many thousands of euro to support local and national charities, there have also been high profile participants. These include Irish Olympians; Sonia O'Sullivan, Marian Heffernan, Lizzie Lee and Michelle Finn as well as elite athletes from all over Ireland.
Almost 7,000 people took part in 2018, with similar interested expected this year.
The 2019 race will be run over six kilometres, starting on the Centre Park Road at 1pm and taking in The Marina, Blackrock Village, Ballintemple, Maryville, Monahan Road and finishing in Kennedy Park.
All registered participants will receive a specially designed event medal on completion of the Mini Marathon and the event is chip timed.