FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Belfast City Marathon Heads For Another Record Year
Organisers of Northern Ireland's biggest sporting event are gearing up for
yet another record-breaking year.
With just a week left until entries close, more than 13,000 people have
signed up for the 2009 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, which takes
place on Monday 4 May.
And with a last minute flood of entries expected before next Friday's
deadline, organisers are confident that they will easily smash the 15,000
barrier for the May Day extravaganza.
"Already we have 2,550 runners signed up for the main Marathon," announced
Danny O'Connor, Chairman of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon
"That's around 30 per cent more marathon runners than we had last year,
which was our most successful in recent years," enthused Danny.
Those seeking to complete the full 26.2 miles are joined, so far, by 1,550
relay teams, each made up of five people, and some 2,000 walkers and almost
1,100 fun runners.
"We enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2008, with almost 15,000 people
taking part in the four events: this was more than double the entry level
of just six years ago – and it looks like we are going to have even more
people taking part this year," said Danny.
Closing date for entries is next Friday (17 April).
The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Aer Lingus,
Belfast City Council, Charles Hurst Renault, Eventsec, New Balance, Sport
Northern Ireland, Translink, Reach EPS, Tayto and Up and Running. Media
partners are the Daily Mirror and U105. Official accommodation partner is
The 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, Sustrans and Translink.
For full details of the 2009 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon,
including online entry, visit www.belfastcitymarathon.com