Organisers of the Cardiff Half Marathon have given prospective runners a massive incentive in the lead up to next month’s race by revealing the design for the finishers’ medal. A field of up to 25,000 is expected to compete on Saturday 26 March when the city plays host to the 22nd edition of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.
Those who complete the race will be rewarded with a medal that features the distinctive image of the 2000 year-old Cardiff Castle.
Matt Newman, Chief Executive of Cardiff 2016 organisers Run 4 Wales, commented: “We know the race finisher’s medal will be a prized possession for everyone who completes the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships. From Mo Farah to the fun runners taking part to raise money for good causes, everyone will be wearing their medal with pride come Easter Saturday 26 March.
“The World Half Marathon Championships have never been to Wales before and might not come back so this year’s finisher’s medal is going to be a real collector’s item. A lot of thought went into the design for the medal and what better one to use than the iconic profile of Cardiff Castle, the starting point for the event and an image which will be shown around the world when the event is televised live to more than 50 countries.”
This will be the largest athletics event to be staged in the country since Wales hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1958 and, with the Rio Olympic Games taking place a few months later, will be ideal preparation for many runners looking to pick up their training before looking to Brazil.
Entries for the race will remain open until Monday 29 February. More information is available here.