The organisers of the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon have launched their official “Health Month” for February.
Now more important than ever as we all try to recover from a global pandemic, the event will be working with sponsors to provide a full schedule of activities, tips and competitions to help keep you healthy and active in 2022.
Perhaps you have signed up for the Marathon, Team Relay or 8 Mile Walk events, taking place on Sunday, May 1?
Or maybe you still plan to, but need the motivation to start training?
Have you decided to volunteer instead for the 40th year of the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon?
Whatever your plans are for this year’s event, make 2022 your year to be healthier and more active.
The event will be teaming up with title sponsor Mash Direct to provide healthy, energy and immunity boosting recipes for marathon and team relay runners, walkers, and volunteers.
Mash Direct have lots of fresh vegetable dishes to help you increase your ‘five-a-day’, plus local potatoes, perfect for carb loading.
Official gym sponsor Better will also be providing training plans, tips and more to help you get started or motivate you to keep going on your marathon journey.
Included will be updates on the Ruby Runner ambassadors, with support from Better, as they train for their first ever marathon.
Keep an eye out in the Daily Mirror and on Belfast Live Sport as they introduce the ambassadors weekly.
This Friday (February 4) marks World Cancer Day and official charity partner Cancer Focus Northern Ireland will be encouraging you to eat healthier and become more active to help prevent cancer.
Participants in the Marathon, Team Relay and 8 Mile Walk events are encouraged to run or walk for Cancer Focus NI to help fund immunotherapy research at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology in Queens University.
Student Volunteering Week also falls between February 7 and 13 and fuelled by Four Star Pizza, event organisers will be urging as many people to come forward during Health Month to register as Volunteer Race Crew*.
The event needs over 500 volunteers to help over race weekend (Expo/Pack Collection and Race Day).
There’ll also be a series of fantastic competitions during Health Month from Katie Kirk: the non-diet nutritionist, Belfast City Council, Translink and CompareNI.com with their new #MoneyHealthCheck online tool, designed to give tips on how to create more savings for Northern Ireland households.
Follow the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and the event website www.belfastcitymarathon.com/news throughout February to get motivated.
The 40th Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon takes place on Sunday 1st May 2022 with a Marathon, Team Relay and 8 Mile Walk option available.
Enter now at www.belfastcitymarathon.com to enjoy the middle rate (ends at midnight on 28th February). Final entry will be on Friday 8th April 2022.
The Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Athletics Northern Ireland, Daily Mirror, Belfast City Council, Better, Cool FM (Downtown Radio and Downtown Country), Translink, Belfast Live, Tayto, Four Star Pizza and CompareNI.com.
This year’s official charity is Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.
- *Volunteer opportunities are available for race weekend including the new Expo and Pack Collection in the Titanic Exhibition Centre (set up day: Thursday 28th April; open to participants on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April; Race Day: Sunday 1st May). Visit the event website for more details.