An Urban 10k in Belfast, starting at City Hall and ending in Titanic Quarter. The inaugural St Patricks Day SPAR Craic 10k is being organized in partnership with the NI Hospice and Athletics NI.
A unique 10K run will be taking place in Belfast on St Patrick’s Day. The ‘SPAR Craic 10K’ will see hundreds of runners take to the street of the city on the morning of March 17 in what has been described as Belfast’s first urban 10K.
The race will leave City Hall at 9am, linking West and East Belfast as the route passes through the Gaeltacht and Cathedral Quarters before finishing at the Paddock at Titanic Slipways.
Organisers of the cross-community event hope as many families as possible take part, beginning their St Patrick’s Day celebrations in a healthy and worthy way, before joining the civic celebrations in the city centre afterwards. Every registered runner in the SPAR Craic 10K will also be helping the final fundraising push for the Northern Ireland Hospice rebuild of Somerton House.
All entrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt from O’Neills, a ‘goodie’ bag, a bottle of Tipperary Water, a banana provided by Total Produce, as well as a voucher for a pint of Clonmel 1650 or a non-alcoholic Becks. All finishers will receive a medal.
The March 17 date comes at a perfect time in the training schedule for those preparing for the 2015 Belfast City Marathon in May while it will provide a challenging step up in distance for Parkrunners.
The idea for a St Patrick’s Day run comes from other cities across the world who incorporate such an event into their annual celebrations.
The SPAR Craic 10K will allow the people of Belfast to celebrate St Patrick’s in a fun, healthy way before they enjoy the parade and party in Custom House Square. There is no better way to unite and build Belfast than by taking it to the streets.
The event is being supported by business partners Tipperary Natural Mineral Water, O’Neill’s, Total Produce and Athletics NI. Media partners are U105 and the Belfast Media Group. Registrating is now open.
Early Bird Entry fee £15 (increases to £25 after March 2nd). For those who are signed up on or before March 2nd will receive a personalised bib with their name along with their running number. All entrants receive an O’Neill’s goodie bag, SPAR Craic 10K tshirt (For first 1,000 entries) an individual timing chip, personalized Belfast crystal for the first male/female over the finishing line and all finishers will receive medals.
£1 from each entry will go directly to the NI Hospice.