2013 brings your unique chance to run alongside local and international emergency service personnel in a once in a life time event.
On Sunday 4th August Cookstown will play host to the World Police and Fire Games 2013 Cookstown Half Marathon.
This year there’s a completely new course which is participant & spectator friendly with stunning views of the District, Sperrin Mountains and surrounds. As part of ANI’s stamp of approval the course has been measured and certified as accurate. The route has also been approved by the PSNI.
The WPFG Cookstown Half Marathon is one of the Official Pure Running Half Marathon Series Events in association with ChampionChip Ireland and Athletics NI.
It is open to Police and Fire Service personnel as well as civilian members of the public. Each participant who takes part in this unique one-off event will receive official WPFG merchandise as part of their race registration pack. This year’s event features increased prize categories and a larger prize fund than in previous years.
Cookstown District Council Chairman, Cllr Pearse McAleer said, “The World Police and Fire Games is the third largest international multi-sport event in the world.
As one of the few events to be held outside the Belfast area, the Half Marathon represents an amazing opportunity to raise the District’s international profile, boost the local economy and leave a lasting legacy that follows on from our successful Olympic and Paralympic Celebrations in 2012.”
He continued, “One of the best things about this unique event is that you don’t have to work for the police or fire services to enter, and we‘d actively encourage members of the public to be part of it. It will provide the general public with the opportunity to test themselves from around the world in a truly international event right on their doorstep. There are many other activities being organised in Cookstown from Thursday 1st August and on the day itself to welcome all the runners. For example, there will be Cookstown Comedy Festival with a wealth of local and international talent, and performers on the course to entertain both spectators & participants bringing a carnival atmosphere to the event.”
If you want to be part of it, entry opens on Monday 25th March via Athletics NI’s website and their online booking system, which can be accessed at www.athleticsni.org. Entry to the event will cost £16.50 for affiliated athletes and £17.50 for un-affiliated athletes.
The race starts from Mid Ulster Sports Arena at 2pm. If you want to virtually try the route first, you can access the course at http://connect.garmin.com/activity/283870207#.UUCXROlNwBo.email (once opened click on the green flag on the map, the route will load and if you then press play on the top left of screen it will take you along the course).
Race organisers are keen to point out that there will be no entries accepted on race day itself. Race packs must be collected before the day of the event and can be done so on Friday 2nd August & Saturday 3rd August 2013 at Mid Ulster Sports Arena.
There will be water and energy drink stops every three miles. After the road race, refreshments will be made available for all competitors.