TODAY we launch The Echo Virtual Women’s Mini Marathon — called 6K Your Way.
Earlier this summer, we announced the mini marathon wouldn’t go ahead on Centre Parc Road due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Up to 7,000 people annually take part in the Cork race, which is now in its 39th year and it is a massive generator of funding for so many worthy causes.
Today, however, Cork Athletics Association has announced that it will host a virtual event and is hoping as many people as possible will take part.
The event will be free to register. It’s 6km and you can complete however you want, walking, running, etc.
Participants are asked to upload their results on the mini marathon website and they can download their certificate of completion.
When you are registering you will have the option to purchase a souvenir medal and race number.
Helping to launch the 6K Your Way event, Parenting and Lifestyle columnist for WoW! Eimear Hutchinson said: “For me I love running and walking in the evenings to get out for some fresh air, I use it to clear my head some days and other days I use the time to catch up with friends, it is healthy me time!
“ I think it is a lovely thing to be involved in, especially this year, it will give us a greater sense of community in light of everything that has happened over the last few months.
“It might even be easier than ever for people to take part, given firstly that it is virtual and secondly so many of us have done so much walking and running during the months we were in lockdown we’ll all be well able for it by the time the date comes.
“I would say to people, regardless of whether they are running or walking, to make sure they have a good pair of runners and they’re all set! “
Around €1 million is raised annually for worthy causes — so the fact the big race won’t go ahead this year is a massive blow to local and national charities.
Cork Athletics Association and The Echo are encouraging people to still fundraise for the charity of their choice, by contacting the charities directly, as they would have done in previous years.
Spokesperson for CAA Rebecca McEvoy said: “We are delighted to be carrying on the tradition of The Echo Women’s Mini Marathon in 2020. Cancelling the race was never really an option for us because we know how important the event is for hundreds of charities. Around €1 million is raised for charity every year at The Echo Mini Marathon and we think it is important to help these charities out as much as we can at this difficult time.
“Although it will be a bit different to previous years, a virtual Mini Marathon will be a unique experience and a chance for us to come together as a virtual community, while achieving our personal challenge of completing a 6km walk or run and supporting causes that are important to us.
“The Echo Virtual Women’s Mini Marathon of 2020 will go down in the history books as an occasion to remember and one that I am sure we will talk about in years to come,” added Rebecca.
Editor Maurice Gubbins has previously said: “For many of us, The Echo Women’s Mini Marathon is a highlight of our year. We love the sight of the thousands of runners and walkers lined up at the start. It is a massively uplifting experience.
“And we love hanging out in Kennedy Park as the competitors finish the course, with participants milling round and chatting with family and friends, with the great music and almost always with the beautiful sunshine.
“Sadly, this year we can’t have that big day out. But we can still do a lot in our own places, for our own fitness and health, and most especially for the hundreds of great causes the women of Cork assist through this event every year.”
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