The 2020 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is to go ahead in a virtual format.  The aim is to help raise €10 million for the different charities that normally rely on a mid-year boost from what is normally one of the biggest running events of the year in Europe.

The call for the new format is to ‘Live life to the Power of 10 – 10k, 10 days, €10 million’.

Participants are asked to complete the 10km event “their way” over the course of 10 days, between October 1st and 10th, with the overall goal of raising €10 million for charities.

Ryan sisters Lottie and Bonnie were on hand to officially launch the 2020 event. They will be joined by broadcaster Georgie Crawford, fitness enthusiast Leanne Moore and actress Demi Isaac Oviawe to make up the 2020 Vhi Squad calling on women all over the country to join them in fundraising for worthy causes in the lead up to October.

This has been a strong trend in the event over recent years reaching out to a wider base through figures from the world of entertainment and not just within sport.

It is very much a participation event, with the camaraderie of those around you a key part in the lure of coming back.

Registration for the event is now open on Every participant will receive a Race Pack, including a brand-new finisher t-shirt and Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon commemorative medal.

There is a first time opportunity to download and personalise the race number and each participant is encouraged to wear it while competing.

“We’re looking forward to providing charities with an event that they can harness for their fundraising efforts,” said Women’s Mini Marathon General Manager David O’Leary.

“Our thousands of participants, who are missing our event in Dublin this year, will still be able to support the charitable causes close to their hearts, as well as meeting their personal fitness goals.”

“The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is a phenomenal event that promotes health and fitness as well as raising much needed funds for worthy causes nationwide,” added Brighid Smyth, Head of Communications at Vhi.

“We are proud to come together with the Women’s Mini Marathon to launch a virtual edition of the event for 2020 that will still allow us to support all those goals.”

“2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, particularly for charities but we are very hopeful that women nationwide will take to the roads, streets and maybe even gardens to complete 10km their way this October and support the causes and charities that are important to them.”