Western People Women’s Mini Marathon – ‘It’s For Girls’

Posted in Connect on March 12, 2020.

With registration in full flow for the Western People’s Women’s Mini Marathon, the Mayo Sports Partnership in conjunction with the event partners are encouraging secondary schools and ladies sports clubs from around the county and further afield to get their young girls involved with this year’s event through the ‘Its For Girls’ initiative.

The Mini Marathon, one of the premier sporting events in the West of Ireland is now in its 11th year and this time sees two exciting developments with the involvement of as an event and a brand new route for 2020, which will start at The Mall on Sunday, May 3.

The ‘It’s for Girls’ initiative is now in its 5th year and sets schools a challenge to get the most girls to take part in the Western People of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon. The initiative is all about encouraging participation, and entrants are free to take the 10k road race at their own pace, whether they want to walk, jog or run. The more girls each school enters, the better the chance of winning the It’s for Girls trophy. It represents a great opportunity for schools across the West of Ireland to encourage their girls to increase fitness levels by training to take on the Mini Marathon, getting healthier and more active in the process.

It’s for Girls is a project that has received national recognition by winning the best health and wellbeing project in the 2018 Local Authority Awards and built on that success in 2019 and is hoping to do the same in 2020. This year, the Mayo Sports Partnership, who plays a leading role in promoting an active lifestyle within communities across County Mayo, is aiming for participation in the Mini Marathon by students from every corner of the county.

All participating schools are in with a chance of walking away with the coveted Mayo Sports Partnership Secondary Schools Mini Marathon Its for Girls Trophy, with winners being decided on a percentage basis of girls over the age of 12. The entry fee per student is only €10 (the normal cost of entry is €20). The organising teacher gets FREE entry, other coaches or mentors from the school can also enter as part of the team for only €10. All participants will also receive a t-shirt and a medal for their entry fee.

Interested schools should register with Mayo Sports Partnership. Once registered, they will automatically be listed on the Mini Marathon website For further information, contact Deirdre Donnelly at Mayo Sports Partnership on 0949064360

Pictured are St. Josephs, Castlebar being presented by the Its for Girls trophy by Elmer Pieterse, Mayo Sports Partnership at the 2019 Mini Marathon

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