Belfast, 13th September 2011.
Deep RiverRock puts best foot forward for 'Olympic' Marathon effort
Entries are already coming in for the 31st Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, which gets under starters’ orders next May Day Bank Holiday, Monday 7th May 2012.
“This year was a record-breaking one for us in every way – but we’re not resting on our laurels,” said Danny O’Connor, Chairman of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Organising Committee.
“We’re determined to build upon the huge success of our 30th birthday event to make 2012 even bigger and better. After all, it is the year of the London Olympics – so what better way to get into the Olympic spirit by taking part in the Belfast Marathon? As the Olympic motto goes, it’s all about the taking part,” enthused Danny.
Launching the 2012 event, the Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile, spoke of his high regard for everyone who has taken part in the marathon over the years. “More than 30 years ago, Belfast City Council took the decision to stage the first Belfast City Marathon and, over the intervening years, the event has gone from strength to strength,” he said.
“While the marathon is undoubtedly a serious business, especially for competitive runners, it is also about having fun and enjoying yourself – whether you are a serious runner, taking part in the relay with a team of friends or just cheering the runners along.” concluded Councillor Ó Donnghaile.
John Coffey, Sports Sponsorship Manager with title sponsor Deep RiverRock, said he was delighted that the water brand was continuing its partnership with one of Northern Ireland’s premier sporting events. "We are delighted that Deep RiverRock is supporting the Belfast City Marathon as title sponsor for the sixth consecutive year. This marathon is a well established event and we continue to work closely with the organisers to build on the success of previous years.
“It is fantastic that the race attracts world class athletes to Belfast along with inspiring so many local people to be active, whilst raising much needed funds for extremely worthwhile charities.”
Entries for the 2012 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon have been open since May and the official charity for 2012 is the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.
For further information, including online entry, training tips and much more, log on to www.belfastcitymarathon.com
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