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22nd August, 2013


First Citizen encourages club runners to enter historic event

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, is calling on regular club runners throughout the island of Ireland to take their place in history and sign up for one of the events in the Titanic Quarter Ultra Marathon. Starting and finishing from the Titanic Quarter development on Sunday, 8th September, the inaugural event will include 50K and 25K runs alongside a 101K challenge.

A keen runner himself, the Lord Mayor is reminding runners that competitors in the 25K and 50K races, as well as those completing the 101K run, will receive a commemorative medal upon finishing the race. The closing date for online entries is Thursday, 5th September.

The Lord Mayor said:   

“A major feature of this event is the inclusion of the 25K and 50K runs and I would strongly encourage as many runners as possible to enter online now and take their place in history. The race route will make for a picturesque backdrop and the event is a very welcome addition to what is a fantastic local athletics calendar.

“Running has never been more popular and it is fantastic for the city of Belfast that history is in the making with the Titanic Quarter Ultra Marathon. Anyone who takes on the challenge of running 101K deserves enormous credit - I wish every participant well in their preparation and for the race itself.”

The 101K runners will set off from Titanic Quarter at 6am and travel a coastal route to Millisle. At that point those taking part in the 50K run will join the runners on the return leg, picking the 25K entrants up at Ballyholme Bay. All runners can park in Titanic Quarter and a complimentary bus service will transport them to the different starting points.

Organized by sports event management firm 26 Extreme, the 101K Ultra Marathon will be the longest road race ever to take place in Northern Ireland and is attracting the interest of elite international runners. It has been launched this year to commemorate the 101st anniversary of RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage, with the distance set to increase by 1km each year to maintain the memorial symmetry.

Titanic Quarter’s Chief Executive, David Gavaghan, commented:

“It is fantastic to have the Lord Mayor’s support for what is one of the most interesting sports events taking place in Belfast this year. I would encourage runners of all abilities and fitness levels interested in taking part to go online and enter now. There will also be family fun activities and entertainment at the finish line in the ARC public realm area for spectators to enjoy throughout the day.  

“Titanic Quarter’s credentials as a sporting venue were boosted even further during the World Police and Fire Games and the forthcoming TQ Ultra Marathon adds to our portfolio which includes the TQ 10K, the All-Ireland Cable Wakeboarding Championship and the Ulster Rally.”

To enter the Titanic Quarter Ultra Marathon, visit www.26extreme.com. Entries cost £55 for the 101K, £45 for the 50K and £35 for the 25K. As well as the commemorative medal, all entrants will receive a race pack including health products and vouchers as well as the commemorative medal. The closing date for online entry is Thursday, 5th September.