Start your mini marathon journey now!

Start your mini marathon journey now!

GET IN THE ZONE: Follow our training tips to be ready for the event on September 24. Picture: posed by a model

IT’S time to lace up those runners and get training for the Evening Echo Women’s Mini Marathon — your journey starts here today!

LeisureWorld have come on board as proud sponsor of our weekly training programme, to provide the women of Cork with support and tips to help them in their training for this year’s event.

The programme will run every week in WOW! in the lead up to the event on September 24.

This year’s Evening Echo Women’s Mini Marathon is being hosted by the Athletic Association of Ireland (Cork) and the Evening Echo are title sponsors, with Skechers as associate sponsors.

Sales and Marketing Manager of LeisureWorld, Ian O’Leary explained why they have come on board. He said: “Exercise is a fantastic way of bringing people together, bettering oneself and achieving a goal.

“Our slogan is ‘EveryBodyBelongs’, this means that every person regardless of age, background or body type has a right to partake in physical activity and is welcome at LeisureWorld to make use of our facilities and services along their own personal fitness journey.

“We believe that the Evening Echo Women’s Mini Marathon also embodies our ‘EveryBodyBelongs’ mindset as it gets women (and some men) of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels taking part in this excellent event and sharing a common goal.”

There are a number of new developments in this year’s Evening Echo Women’s Mini Marathon.

The event will be chipped and timed electronically for the first time.

It will also be capped at 8,000 participants — so register early to guarantee your race number.

The medal is also undergoing another revamp this year.

One thing that remains unchanged is the beneficiaries — hundreds of thousands of euro are raised every year for very worthy charities across Cork and the entire country.

Anyone looking to get involved in this year’s race can register for the event in a number of ways.

The Evening Echo Women’s Mini Marathon race office will be open in Debenhams, Merchant’s Quay, Saturday September 16, from 10am to 4pm. And again on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of that week, 10am to 4pm and Thursday, 10am to 7pm. There is a €12 registration charge at the race office.

However, with the race capped at 8,000 this year, people are advised to sign up early, and you can do so for €12, plus handling fee of €1.50, for postage and package, see

You can also register on the day for €15, provided the places aren’t filled before then.

All money raised from registration goes to the AAI and is used to host the event, as there is huge cost in organising it, from insurance to the closure of the roads, goodie bags, etc

Money left over after this goes towards supporting and promoting athletics in Cork, to improve the facilities at CIT and organise cross country races.

See week one of the programme below.

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