To celebrate it's 10th year the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is calling on all uniformed personnel to take part in the Battle of the Badges.
The newly launched category will seek to encourage teams and individuals from the uniformed bodies such as the Gardaí, Fire Brigade, Ambulance, Naval Service, Registered Nurses, or anyone in uniform, to run for the honour of their profession.
Race Director Jim O'Donovan said "This year, to mark our 10th year anniversary, we are encouraging participation – and some healthy competition – among colleagues in uniform
"We want to see as many uniformed services as possible represented in the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon 2016. It’s all about team spirit, participation and that special sense of achievement."
Mr O'Donovan also said that they wanted to "encourage individuals of all levels and abilities to get involved – from first timers to professional athletes."
The Cork City Marathon course is one that is internationally recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and has been praised for its inclusivity, with entry fee concessions for those who are unwaged and making sure everyone with varying abilities are catered for.
Speaking on behalf of the Irish Examiner, Marketing Manager Karen O’Donoghue said, “We are delighted to partner with Cork City Marathon again in 2016 for this special celebratory marathon."