The International Association of Athletics Federations, Run 4 Wales and title sponsors Cardiff University have joined forces to give 500 runners the opportunity to take part in next year’s Cardiff Half Marathon for free. These will be offered to targeted Welsh communities and to enthusiastic new runners as part of the IAAF’s ‘Athletics for a Better World’ social responsibility programme.
Next year’s event, scheduled for Saturday 26 March, will be of added significance as the city plays host to the 22nd edition of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. This will be the largest athletics event to be staged in the country since Wales hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1958.
The release of the 500 places is part of IAAF, event organiser’s Run 4 Wales and title sponsors Cardiff University’s drive o promote running as an accessible physical activity that can improve long-term health. Spaces will be distributed through social media, local running groups and links with Community First areas.
Colin Riordan, Vice Chancellor at title sponsors Cardiff University, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for people to be part of an international sporting event. We are looking to offer the 500 free places to people who may be thinking about running for the very first time. People who have never considered anything like this before or are excluded from sport due to cost, facilities, support, or just simply struggle with motivation.
“Runners will also have the opportunity to take part in a research project delivered through Cardiff University. The research will look to monitor the progress of the runners and investigate ways to reduce injury. Cardiff University are ranked fifth in the UK for the quality of our research and second nationally for the impact of our research. We are delighted to bring our expertise to the table in support of these runners as the main sponsor for the IAAF/ Cardiff University World Half Marathon 2016 event.”
If you are interesting in applying, visit the Cardiff Half Marathon’s website here.