Beginners guide to Vhi Women's Mini Marathon
Be part of the biggest all-female event of its kind in the world!
The countdown is on to the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon for 2017. Thousands of women from all over Ireland will descend on Dublin on June 5th to take part.
Whether you are a running novice or a fitness fanatic, now is your chance to be part of this special annual event, the biggest of its kind in the world.
With just over six weeks until the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon kicks off, you have plenty of time to get those running shoes on, round up a few friends and get training!
To get you started, here is our beginners guide to the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon:
The event is taking place on 5th June 2017 in Dublin. The 10km route starts at 2pm sharp in Fitzwilliam Square and finishes on Baggot Street. You can take the route at your own pace. There are water stations and toilets along the route for participants.
The first Women's Mini Marathon took place in 1983. The first event had 9,000 participants and over the years, that number has grown to over 35,000. This year marks the 35th year of the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.
Can I raise money for charity?
While it is not a requirement, many participants fundraise for their favourite charity. As participants are free to pick their own charity to support, many different charities have benefited from funds raised thanks to the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon over the years.
It is estimated that last year €6 million was raised by participants in the event. Approximately €203 million in total has been raised by participants in the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon since the first event in 1983.
Feel free to pick a charity close to your heart. Ask your friends and family to donate in support of your participation in the event.
Who can take part?
This is an all-female event open to runners and walkers of every ability. Participants over 14 years of age can take part in the walker and jogger categories. The minimum age for entrants in the runner and elite runner classification is 18 years of age.
Women from all over the country, and the world, are welcome at the event. Previous participants have come from places as far away as New Zealand, Japan and Australia.
How can I enter?
Entry forms will be in The Herald every Wednesday and Saturday. You can also download an online entry from the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon website here.
Participants must fill out their details and pick their desired category for the event. Participants of every ability are encouraged to join with six categories to choose from.
Beginners can enter in the walker category. More experienced runners can pick a classification to suit them from jogger to elite runner and these participants are asked to provide official results from a race in the past two years to qualify.
Do you take part in your local parkrun? You can use your times from parkrun as an official qualification time for the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon.
To find more information about all the categories and to work out which one suits you best, click here.
Sign up today as the closing date is fast approaching. Women can enter for the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon by registering online here. For those that would like to enter by post, official application forms are available in The Herald every Wednesday and Saturday. Entries close on 28th April 2017.