The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon was launched today as both pro and budding runners and walkers were encouraged to sign up and register for the event taking place on June 2.
The launch was attended by Irish Ultra Athlete of the Year 2019 and the marathon's ambassador Aidan Hogan, Marian Horgan Memorial Trophy winner Angela Murphy and Lord Mayor of Cork Mick Flynn.
Marathon entries have grown over the past two years and 2019's event is expected to exceed once more, with sights set on beating the target of 10,000 registrations.
Those who might feel like a marathon would be too much can take part in the Half Marathon or join the Team Relay with a group of friends, family or colleagues.
Young people over the age of 16 are encouraged to get involved through the Youth Challenge, which is not a race or competition but an opportunity for young people to get involved with health and fitness in a fun environment.
Cork City Council Director of Services Valerie O'Sullivan encouraged everyone to get involved: “It’s a great honour to be part of an event that is now intrinsically linked with Cork city and its traditions.
"This is the 13th year of the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon – a sure sign that the event is flourishing and continues to exceed everyone’s expectations each year. The most important thing about this event is that it is most certainly more than a marathon, which in my mind signifies the fact that it belongs to all.
"Yes, it provides a challenging platform for pro athletes and seasoned runners, but it also welcomes participants looking to ease themselves into such an event, providing varied options for all fitness level.
Last year saw 320 international athletes from countries such as the US, Spain, France and the UK.
The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is a qualifying race for other marathons, such as the Boston City Marathon and is a City Council-promoted event in partnership with Athletics Ireland, Cork Business Houses Athletics Association (BHAA), An Garda Síochána, Cork Education & Training Board, 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.
Those interested can find out more information or register here: www.corkcitymarathon.ie