There’s a new addition to this year’s Donegal Marathon and it’s the inaugural Donegal Marathon Team Challenge Cup. The relay event is open to all businesses, charities, sports clubs, societies and community groups and anyone who can pull together a team of three or four to compete in the race. Runners of all levels will have the opportunity to pit their fitness levels against rival teams, all vying to get their hands on the inaugural Donegal Marathon Team Challenge Cup.
The Team Challenge Cup was officially launched this week and entries for the relay event are now open via the Donegal Marathon website. Teams of three or four can enter the race in any format and the cost per team is €140. Each team member will be tasked with running approximately 10km. Chairperson of the Donegal Marathon committee, Dessie Larkin, believes the Team Challenge Cup is a great opportunity for businesses, local organisations, family and friends to pull together and get active:
“We’ve been investigating the possibility of a relay event since the Donegal Marathon was re-established in 2014 and we’re delighted that the Team Challenge Cup is happening this year. While training for a half or full Marathon isn’t possible for everyone, the Team Challenge Cup is an ideal opportunity for family members, friends, clubs and businesses to encourage each other to get involved and get out training together. It’s also a great chance for people to raise money for charities and community groups. We’re even encouraging our diaspora to come home and take part in the inaugural event this August.”
The Donegal Marathon takes place on Sunday, 21st August 2016 at 9.20am and the Donegal Marathon committee is encouraging teams to book early. Full training plans and route information is available on the Donegal Marathon website and Facebook page. There are various volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available and any business or individual who would like to get involved can visit www.donegalmarathon.ie. By bringing communities together through a community tourism initiative for the diaspora, this event is supported in partnership with Donegal County Council, Fáilte Ireland and IPB Insurance.
Pictured is Donegal Marathon committee member, Danny McDaid, alongside the first team to register for the event. Aiveen Lavery, Danielle Gavaghan, Laura Loughrey and Ruth McCrossan of JT Physiotherapy will run the race in aid of No Barriers, an initiative spearheaded by the JT Physio team that enables people living with physical and intellectual disabilities to get active within their community.