Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Flora Women's Mini Marathon, the biggest all-women event of its kind in the world, takes place in Dublin on the 4th of June and the Grand Canal Hotel are as always at your service.
With over €14 million raised by participants since its inception in 1983, the annual event is one of the most popular in the country. The fun day has attracted over three quarters of a million women of all ages over the years and 2013 is expected to be one of the busiest.
The route of the marathon passes within meters of the Grand Canal Hotel, and we are offering guests who stay in the hotel the Sunday night complimentary car-parking for the day, showers after the race and luggage storage. Go to www.grandcanalhotel.com to book as rooms are selling fast!!!
Some interesting facts about the event:
It is the biggest all-women’s event of its kind in the world.
Since it was first run in 1983, there has been a total entry of nearly 780,000 women.
In 2007, 2008 2009 and 2011 the numbers taking part have exceeded 40,000 with a record number of 40,397 taking part in 2010.
Approximately 137 million euro has been raised for charity since its beginning in 1983
About 25 miles of specially designed ribbon is used for the medals
14 bands and dancers provide entertainment to add to the carnival atmosphere of the day.
Women of every age, every size and every walk of life take part -while the majority would be in the 25 to 45 age brackets,in the 2011 race there were 262 participants over 70 years of age!
The Mini Marathon idea has been copied in several European cities - Liverpool, Glasgow, London and Oslo now put on all-women events.
Every county in Ireland is represented in the race and most support a favourite charity or cause - just over half the entrants are from Dublin but all 32 counties are well represented.
The event is known worldwide - women from a number of countries have joined us (Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Wales, Scotland, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, France, England, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Japan) have all joined in the fun.
Visit www.grandcanalhotel.com for best rates available.