celebrating Day 1 of our #WIS week.
We want to shine a light on a Wonderful Women’s event: The West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon.
- Take a trip down memory lane with some pictures from previous events.
- Take a peep and Look forward to our 2021 Virtual event.
Mayo.ie Western People Women’s Mini Marathon 2010 – 2021
Shining a spotlight
The West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon, widely regarded as one of the preeminent road races in the region,
Since its inauguration in 2010, the Mini-Marathon has grown to become one of the biggest events of its kind in the West of Ireland. Over the 10 physical stagiings of the race, a combined 28,000 participants, including 5000 children, have taken part in the event. The Mini-Marathon has has an estimated value of over €2.5 million to the economy of Castlebar and has raised in excess of €1 million for its charity partners.
The event is regarded as the foremost event of its kind in the region and has drawn praise since its launch in 2010 for its efforts to promote women’s involvement in sport. #womeninsportIRE
The Mini-Marathon is open to girls and women of all ages and abilities, who wish to run, jog or walk the 10k route, with Irish Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan among the athletes to regularly take part in the event and has been its ambassador since its launch.
Last year 2020, The Mall in Castlebar may not have been humming this year with the 11th Mayo.ie Western People Women’s Mini Marathon but its spirit was very much kept alive with the staging of a virtual Mayo Day 10K Your Way last Sunday. Organised through Mayo Sports Partnership approximately 1,000 participants from across the region and beyond celebrated the annual event by either doing a full 10K or a tag team 10K, all adhering to HSE guidelines. The vast majority of participants raised much needed funds for local and national charities including Western Care, Mayo Roscommon Hospice, Mayo Mental Health, Cancer Care for Children, Physios COVID19 Campaign and many more. With over 40,000 being raised in total
“It never ceases to amaze me the goodwill and generosity of people when it comes to events like this. On behalf of Mayo Sports Partnership, I would like to congratulate and thank everybody across the Mayo Day weekend who raised funds for many charities while also keeping active” said Cllr Michael Loftus Chairman Mayo Sports Partnership.
Sports teams, community groups, workplaces etc all used their imagination and creativity to complete the 10K.
This year May Bank Holiday 2021 we are once again delighted to launch our event for 2021 Mayo.ie Western People Women’s Mini Marathon. It may be Virtual this year but the spirit of the event is stronger than ever. Where the diaspora of Mayo Women around the world will be taking part in this year’s “Mayo Day Women’s 10k Your way, your hero, your say”
Mayo County Council, Mayo Sports Partnership and all the event partners are steadfast in their support of an increased level of participation in sport among girls and women of all ages. The physical, mental and social benefits of taking part in any and all kinds of sports are well-documented and the Mini-Marathon is one of the centrepiece events of the county’s sporting calendar. We look forward to you all joining us once again.
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