Registration has been extended for the 2019 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon relay category due to high levels of interest, organisers have confirmed. This hotly anticipated event will see thousands of people, with varying fitness levels, take to the streets of Cork City on June 2 to participate in the marathon, half marathon, team relay and youth challenge.
With over 8,500 participants last year, 2019 is shaping up to break record numbers once again across the categories and this year as a result in a last-minute surge in team relay entries, organisers have decided to extend the postal registration deadline allowing people to register a team until this Friday May 24. This category, which is open to teams of between two and five members, is a fantastic way for individuals, who may not be fit enough this year to take part in the full or half race, to get involved.
Another way for people to get involved in the Marathon, without having to lace up their runners, is by becoming a volunteer, and assist organisers with the smooth running of this large event. The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon, which started in 2007, has a superb team of loyal volunteers who return each year to look after race participants. Every year, however, new volunteers are needed and become a vital part of this event and Cork City Council says it would be extremely grateful for extra help stewarding on the course, being part of a water-station team, entertaining the athletes, or assisting at City Hall on race day.
The areas in particular need of volunteers this year are at water stations on the Old Blackrock-Passage Railway Line, Inchigaggin Lane, the Kingsley Hotel and on the Mardyke, but assistance in the changing rooms at City Hall and at registration (on Saturday June 1) is also welcomed. If you have experience stewarding road events, the organisers would be very grateful of your help out on the course to guide and encourage over 8,500 participants on their heroic journey around the city. Musicians who’d be willing to entertain the runners and supporters around the course are also very welcome! While volunteers need to be over 18, younger helpers are welcome at water stations so long as they’re supervised. There may be people who initially wanted to participate in the marathon and perhaps due to injury they now cannot; volunteering is a very worthwhile way to still be involved in all the action.
Now in its 13th year, the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is an internationally recognised marathon welcoming participants from home and abroad, with certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). This marathon is a qualifying race for other marathons, such as the Boston City Marathon. The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is a not-for-profit event, organised by City Council 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.
For further information on how you can become a volunteer, or indeed to register a relay team visit the website www.corkcitymarathon.ie. For helpful training tips or to share your Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon journey follow them on Facebook and Instagram\corkcitymarathon or on Twitter @TheCorkMarathon #MoreThanAMarathon