30,000 women took to the streets of Dublin on Sunday, to take part in the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, which remains the largest all-female event of its kind in the world.
It is likely to remain so for the next two years at least with the announcement after the race that Vhi is to extend the partnership for another two years, through to 2021, bringing their total commitment so far to seven years.
The 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon was won by Aoibhe Richardson from the United States in a time of 00:34:35.
This year the event’s campaign theme was #WomenWithImpact, highlighting the incredible stories of the women who participate in the event. The organisers wanted to share positive images and showcase a narrative that truly represents the strong, inspirational and ordinary women across Ireland in 2019.
Now in its 37th year, the event features runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities completing the 10k route. Since its inception, the women of this event have raised over €217 million for over 700 charities.
“Vhi is proud to support this terrific event and would like to thank all of those who have worked so hard to make it a success. We want to extend our congratulations to the thousands of women that crossed the finish line today, said John O’Dwyer, Chief Executive, Vhi Group.
“The atmosphere and sense of camaraderie amongst the participants is incredible. The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is a phenomenal event that promotes health and fitness around the country as well as raising much needed funds for hundreds of worthy causes nationwide.”
“Vhi is also pleased to announce that we have extended our sponsorship of the Women Mini Marathon for a further two years. At Vhi we are committed to helping our customers live longer, stronger, healthier lives. This partnership helps us to deliver this commitment to our customers. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Women’s Mini Marathon team to deliver more fantastic events.”
Preparations for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon start early in September each year, with a team dedicated to ensuring that they deliver a fun and memorable day out for all the participants. They are assisted on the day by 900 stewards from various sports clubs and scouting groups.
Participants at this year’s event were entertained before the race by Today FM’s Muireann O’Connell and Kate Brennan Harding, who had the crowds singing along with the Today FM Mini Karaoke.
Fulfil ambassadors Mary Kate Slattery and Dee Fitz were also on hand before the race, energising the crowd with their warm-up sessions. The Irish Society for Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) once again manned the Cool Down stage after the race, providing much-needed cool down sessions and massages.
Title sponsors Vhi provided every single participant who crossed the finish line with an exclusive VhiWMM Finisher T-shirt, along with a refreshing fruit pack. Vhi also hosted the popular Vhi Relax Arena in Merrion Square, the perfect place for participants to chill out after the race.