With deadline day looming large on the horizon, this yearâ€™s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon looks set to be the biggest and most successful yet.
Already some 15,000 people have signed up for the May Day extravaganza, with organisers expecting thousands more to do so before the entry deadline of next Friday (16 April).
So far, 3,000 runners have entered the main 26.2 mile race â€“ thatâ€™s already 100 more than took part in 2009. They will be joined by 1,740 relay teams, each made up of five people, as well as 2,100 walkers and almost 1,200 fun runners.
â€œThe number of people taking up running and competing, particularly in road racing events, is an all-time peak, and this is reflected in the continuing phenomenal interest in the Marathon, year on year,â€ commented Danny Oâ€™Connor, Chairman of the eventâ€™s organizing committee.
The final deadline for entry into the 2010 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is 5pm on Friday 16 April. Further details, including online entry and training tips, can be obtained from www.belfastcitymarathon.com
For the first time this year, the Marathon is introducing pacers, for those seeking to finish the run in times of three hours, 3.5 hours, four hours and 4.5 hours. Runners wishing to avail of the pacers can sign up at the Marathon Expo, which takes place in the City Hall from Thursday 29 April through to Sunday 2 May, alongside race registration and pack collection. Check the Marathon website for details of opening times.
The 2010 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon takes place on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, 3 May, starting at the City Hall at 9am and finishing at Ormeau Park.
The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is also sponsored by Aer Lingus, Belfast City Council, Charles Hurst Renault, New Balance, Sport Northern Ireland, Tayto, Translink and Up and Running. Media partners are the Daily Mirror and U105. Official accommodation partner is Premier Inn.
The 2010 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.