Flora Women’s Mini Marathon Dublin
If you happen to be in Dublin Sunday 2nd June you will get a chance to see the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon . This is the biggest all women’s event of its kind in the world. Participants of all ages and athletic ability will be taking to the 10km (6.2 mile) course and many of them will be raising money for their favourite charity.
The race kicks off at 2pm at Fitzwilliam Square so you will have plenty of time to get to the starting line and savour the excitement of the competitors and spectators here. The course winds around the southern half of Dublin and takes in some of the city’s notable sights like the Merrion Square Park , University College Dublin and finishes with a flourish at the lovely St Stephen’s Green.
Dotted around the course will be a whole bunch of great bands and dancers who are there to entertain the crowd and keep the carnival atmosphere going.
Some fun facts about the race: since the first one in 1983 almost 780,000 women have entered the event and between them have raised an estimated 137 million Euros for charity. Everyone who completes the course gets a medal decorated and these use about 25 miles worth of specially designed ribbon.
Notable winners include multiple World Cross-Country silver medallist Catherina McKiernan, and Sonia O’Sullivan won the event in 2000 in a record time of 31 minutes and 28 seconds, months before she went on to win the silver in the Olympic 5000m.
It is worth remembering that many roads in the city will be closed to traffic so you may need to plan ahead if you need to get somewhere during the day even if you aren’t planning to watch the race.