Thursday, March 24, 2022

Participants in the ever-popular ‘Mini-Mini’ warm up before their race.

Preparations are continuing apace for the 2022 Mayo.ie Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon, which takes place in Castlebar on Sunday, May 1. After a Covid-enforced break of two years, this year’s Mini-Marathon will make a welcome return to its traditional home on the Mall and organisers are hugely excited to welcome runners and walkers of all ages back to participate in person in what has become, since its inaugural staging back in 2010, the largest all-female race in Ireland outside of the capital. 

Registration for the Mini-Marathon is now open via myrunresults.com. Those who register before April 1 will have their names entered in a special Eary Bird draw, with several great prizes up for grabs. 

The return of the in-person Mini-Marathon also means the return of the ever-popular Mini-Mini, the fun run for primary school boys and girls which will run alongside the main event on May 1. 

The Mini-Mini has been a part of the Mini-Marathon since the very beginning. It is an inclusive, non-competitive event which is open to children of all ages and abilities. The event is all about participation and encouraging children to feel involved in the day’s activities. 

The Mini-Mini has grown in number year-on-year and now that the West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon is returning to its spiritual home in Castlebar, the organisers are keen for this year’s Mini-Mini to be the biggest and best yet. 

Primary schools around Mayo and the West of Ireland are encouraged to get involved in the Mini-Mini. There are six weeks to go before the event, a time window in which schools can help pupils to prepare for the run while also teaching them about the importance of exercise in their physical and mental well-being. 

The family ethos is an integral part of the West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon. The Mini-Mini isn’t just open to children; family members, be they parents grandparents, neighbours or friends, are free to take part. The Mini-Mini is a fun run in every sense of the phrase and inclusion and participation are the cornerstones of the event. 

The Mini-Mini remained a key part of the Mini-Marathon during the two-year break enforced by Covid restrictions. Children around Mayo, around Ireland and around the globe embraced the Mini-Mini mindset, running in their own localities while knowing they were taking part in a unique event. Children participated in the Mini-Mini in the US, Britain, Australia and Dubai, to name just a few locations, many of them knowing that their family and loved ones back home were running at the same time. 

That sense of connection is a remnant of the pandemic which will remain; this year’s Mini-Marathon and Mini-Mini will take place in-person at the Mall but the virtual event, which proved such a success in 2020 and 2021, will remain a key aspect of the day. 

That means that while one runner might be pounding the pavement around Castlebar, her family and friends, be they young or old, wherever they are in the world, can simultaneously take part. 

To find out more about the West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon and the Mini-Mini, or to sign up and avail of those Early Bird offers, visit www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com 

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