The 37th edition of the VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon takes over the streets of the capital this afternoon, with an estimated 30,000 women set to take part in what is the largest all-female event of its kind in the world.
Organisers have opted for the theme “Women With Impact” this year, to highlight the incredible stories of the women who participate in the event.
The 10k race itself gets underway at 14:00 from Fitzwilliam Street Upper in Dublin’s City Centre, and before they take off, they're all in for a special treat.
Our very own Muireann O’Connell and Kate Brennan Harding will have the crowds singing along with the Today FM Mini Maraoke at the start line.
The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon began in 1983 with 9,000 entrants and has grown in popularity to become the largest all women’s event of its kind in the world.
— VhiWMM (@VhiWMM) June 2, 2019
The event has now become an integral part of Irish culture and a celebration for Irish women each year.
Those taking part decide themselves which charity they will support, with over €217 million raised for more than 700 charities.
Most women who participate are between 25-45 years, the youngest participants are 14 and the oldest are over 70.
The very best of luck to all who are taking part in @VhiWMM VHI Women's Mini Marathon on Sunday & thank you to those choosing to support Pieta House.The funds you raise go towards much needed vital crisis support services.Enjoy your journey & have a great day! #Womensminimarathon pic.twitter.com/j10IRFe6KZ
— Pieta House (@PietaHouse) May 31, 2019
There are 16 women who have participated in the Women’s Mini Marathon every single year since it started, including Joan Brady.
Now at the age of 80, Joan wants to keep running until she is 100 and says there is a party atmosphere on the bus when they make their way to Dublin.
“ We bring a little present always on our bus, we have a raffle and a draw. We have spot prizes, we play music, we sing and before we know it we are in Dublin.”
“It's wonderful and I love the newcomers because I say you're going to enjoy something that you wish you've been doing for years.”
There are six values that the Women’s Mini Marathon is based on:
Best of luck to everyone taking part in today's VHI Women’s Mini Marathon @VhiWMM !
— BreastCancerIreland (@BreastCancerIre) June 2, 2019
The best of luck to everyone who is taking part in this year's Vhi Women's Mini-Marathon from every here at Today FM.