Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council launched the 35th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run.
Entries are now officially open for the Northern Ireland and Ulster Half Marathon Championship, in what will be one of Northern Ireland’s largest sporting participatory events.
The Council is encouraging prospective runners to register online early by visiting www.lisburnhalfmarathon.com.
Supported by title sponsors, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, it is anticipated that the event will see approximately 6,500 runners take to the start line at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Wednesday 21st June.
This will be the third year of the revised route, known as, ‘Flat and Fast’, making the Half Marathon and 10K Road Race ideal for competitive runners aiming for Personal Bests, and beginners alike. The Fun Run is the perfect race for anyone wishing to run with family and friends and experience a little fun while getting active!
The Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run are inclusive events and are also open to wheelchair and hand cycle participants.
Speaking at the launch of the event, the Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE said: “It gives me great pleasure as Mayor to be part of the 35th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. I am extremely proud that we have such a high profile event taking place in the City of Lisburn.
“Running has become more popular over the last number of years, especially as it is free and convenient, and with the introduction of the Couch to 5K running programme and success of the junior park run in Wallace Park and Moira Demesne, I am confident that the event will grow in numbers.
“The Council endeavours to continue to encourage and promote physical activity through a range of events and initiatives, and I hope this event will inspire people to get active and start to lead a healthier lifestyle.
“May I take this opportunity to wish prospective participants the very best in preparation for the event.”
Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Councillor Tim Morrow said: “My wife and I, along with other family members have previously participated in the Half Marathon and 10K Road Race, which always attracts huge numbers. The atmosphere is fantastic and I envisage this year will be bigger and better.”
To register visit www.lisburnhalfmarathon.com or call 028 9250 9556. Details can also be found on the Council’s Facebook page, ‘Be Active, Stay Active Lisburn Castlereagh.’