Next year’s event will take place on bank holiday Monday, June 6, with almost 10,000 runners expected to participate in full and half marathons, as well as the team relay, and youth challenge.
However, organisers have encouraged teams and individuals from the various uniformed bodies — such as the gardaí, Naval Service, registered nurses, fire brigade, ambulance and coastguard — to take part on behalf of their services or profession.
Jim O’Donovan, race director of the Cork City Marathon, said: “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.
“There will be also be awards for the winning individuals and teams,” he said.
The hugely successful marathon has grown in stature over the past decade; it’s a 26.2 mile course internationally recognised and certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The event resumed in 2007 after a break of 21 years.
Karen O’Donoghue, marketing manager with the Irish Examiner, which is the headline sponsor of the marathon, said: “We are delighted to partner with Cork City Marathon again in 2016 for this special celebratory marathon on the Bank Holiday Monday.
“We look forward to welcoming several thousand runners, spectators, volunteers and runners of all levels, speed and fitness.”
Entry forms and full details on the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon 2016 are available online at www.corkcitymarathon.ie.