In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” -Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder.
From its humble beginnings in 1983; where the then organisers and sponsors thought at most they would have 3,000 entrants (they had 9,000!) the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon has become the largest all women’s event of its kind in the world; with entries in the last five years exceeding 40,000. Since it began close to 780,000 women have ran. They’ve been all ages, sizes and walks of life. The majority are aged between 25 and 45 but that’s not to say that it’s only the young giving it a go. In 2011 262 runners were over 70 years old!! (http://www.florawomensminimarathon.ie/about-us/history.257.html)
It’s not only the runners who looked forward to the Mini Marathon; charities across Ireland have become big winners because of it. It’s estimated that since the race began in 1983 that almost €137 million has been raised by the participants. Since the women themselves choose which charity they will support many small local causes as well as the larger charities gain crucial income from the race. The Mini Marathon has now become the single largest charity day event in the country. (http://www.florawomensminimarathon.ie/about-us.130.html)
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