Lord Mayor launches 13th Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon

Cork 96FM's Lorraine Murphy, Eva Morris and Sadie Madden, Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn, Mary Jo Ryan, 2018 Marian Horgan Memorial Trophy winner Angela Murphy, Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon Ambassador & Irish Ultra Athlete of the Year 2019 Aidan Hogan, and Irish Examiner's Nicola Cullinane and Ciara Nolan at the official launch of the 2019 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon. Picture: Cathal Noonan.

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

More on this topic

Racing against your own story: David Cosbie went from needing a double lung transplant to running marathons

More in this Section

Jackdaw’s reaction to being caught amuses thousands on social media

Guinness makers to remove plastic from packaging – 14 other brands making environmental changes

10 essential tools every householder should own

Look beyond Portugal’s beaches to discover a wealth of cultural delights


Lifestyle

We sell books: Sisters are doing it for themselves

Dark side of teen life: Bo Burnham's Eight Grade highlights anxieties of the self generation

Wealth inequality behind the extinction of mammals

Marginal ring ouzel could be next to disappear

More From The Irish Examiner