Entries are now open for the 2016 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon and there has never been a better time to join the movement and start training.
According to the latest research from Vhi Healthcare 57% of Irish people are walking, jogging or running to keep fit, with almost half of us training at least three times a week.
The health benefits, both physical and mental, associated with running are unparalleled and we are taking to the pavements to be fit and healthy, lose weight and feel good.
Mental health and stress relief is also a big motivating factor, with 8% of those surveyed turning to power walking or running to clear their head and 6% using it to manage stress.
Whether you are looking to improve your fitness, manage stress or to sign up to a fun event to motivate you to start training – there is a place for you at the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon.
Over 40,000 women will take to the streets in Dublin on Monday, June 6 to walk, jog or run this unique 10K event which allows women to reach their fitness goals while raising money for their chosen charities – everyone is a winner!
- It is the biggest all-women’s event of its kind in the world.
- Since it was first run in 1983, there has been a total entry of nearly 958,000 women.
- Since 2007 the numbers taking part have exceeded 40,000 with a record number of 41,006 taking part in 2014.
- Approximately €197m euro has been raised for charity since its beginning in 1983
- About 25 miles of specially designed ribbon is used for the medals
- Numerous bands and dancers provide entertainment to add to the carnival atmosphere of the day.
- Women of every age and every walk of life take part -while the majority would be in the 25 to 45 age brackets, in the 2015 race there were more than 379 participants over 70 years of age!
- The Mini Marathon idea has been copied in several European cities – Liverpool, Glasgow, London and Oslo organise all-women events.
- Every county in Ireland is represented in the race and most support a favourite charity or cause – just over half the entrants are from Dublin but all 32 counties are well represented.
- The event is known worldwide – women from a number of countries have joined us (Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Wales, Scotland, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, France, England, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Japan) have all joined in the fun.