Entry numbers for the 2013 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon are already ten per cent higher than this time last year.
With just under 16 weeks to go until the May Day Bank Holiday event, almost 1,100 runners have signed up for the main 26.2 miles race, while entries for both the team relay and fun run are also up on the same time in 2012.
Last year, some 21,000 people took part in various Marathon events, and organizers are confident that number will be matched, if not surpassed, in 2013.
“The number of entries we have received so far is hugely encouraging,” said Danny O’Connor, Chairman of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Organising Committee.
“The huge success of last year’s London Olympics has spurred many people into taking up a sport, a new challenge – and what bigger challenge can there be than to complete a marathon,” enthused Danny.
“In the past seven years, we have more than doubled the number of people taking part in the event, and n a totally fantastic, record-breaking 21,000 people took part in the 2012 Marathon and all its associated events.”
The 2013 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon takes place on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, starting from the City Hall at 9am. Further information, including online entry, training tips and much more, can be found at www.belfastcitymarathon.com.
The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is also sponsored by Belfast City Council, Podium 4 Sport, Saucony, Sport Northern Ireland, Tayto and Translink. Media partners are the Daily Mirror and U105.
The 2013 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is organised by Belfast City Marathon Ltd., in partnership with Athletics Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, the Department for Regional Development, Newtownabbey Borough Council, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and Translink. The official charity for 2013 is Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.