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Switch On to the Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon!

10,000 runners expected to take over Cork on June 1st

On Wednesday, March 4th 2009 Bord Gáis Energy officially announced sponsorship of the Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon. Cork’s leading sports stars Graham Canty, Gillian O’Sullivan and Aoife Murray got on their marks to launch the Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon, which is expected to attract a record 10,000 entries this year. 

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Speaking at the launch, John Mullins, Chief Executive of Bord Gáis said: “The Cork City Marathon is a unique event for the city each year which energises and motivates people to get out there and make a difference as a healthy lifestyle choice and in supporting the numerous charities that are involved. The option of entering a relay team is a great incentive for people at all levels of fitness and experience to get involved and we’re delighted to be associated with an event of this calibre. This is all about encouraging both existing and budding enthusiasts to get out, get fit and enjoy the day. Entering the race is as easy as making the Big Switch to Bord Gàis Energy.”

The Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon will take place on June 1st this year. The ‘Marathon for Everyone’, encourages individuals of all levels to get involved – from first timers to professional athletes, with the option of running the marathon as an individual or as part of a relay team.

Speaking at the official launch of the Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon, Cork City Council’s Lord Mayor Cllr. Brian Bermingham said: “This is a fantastic partnership which will help to promote the marathon nationally and regionally. Last year’s marathon had over 7,000 entries and was a brilliant showcase for the city of Cork. With Bord Gáis Energy on board we can be sure that the event will grow along with the ambitions we have for it,”

“Teams of up to five people can run the marathon so anyone with a little bit of training can take part,” added the Lord Mayor. “Last year we had over 1,000 relay teams running for all sorts of reasons – for a myriad of charities, as part of a social club or just as good friends getting together to complete the event. It makes for a superb atmosphere on the day with teams cheering their last leg runner home to the finish.”

Concluding, Jim McCormack, Chief Executive of the Irish Cancer Society noted: “The Irish Cancer Society is delighted to have been chosen by the Bord Gáis Cork City Marathon as their nominated charity for 2009. Running or walking is a great way to keep fit and being physically active helps avoid weight gain, obesity and reduces your risk of cancer. Therefore, we encourage as many people as possible to put on their running shoes and get involved in what is sure to be a challenging, empowering and worthwhile event. All proceeds raised will go towards our patient care services which advise and support people as they go through their cancer journey.”

The Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon will take place on Bank Holiday Monday,1st June 2009 and is supported by Cork City Council who iscommitted to growing the event to become one of the major events in the Irish sporting calendar.

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Irish Cancer Society

Founded in 1963, the Irish Cancer Society is Ireland's national charity for cancer care. The mission of the Society is to play a vital role in achieving world-class cancer services in Ireland, to ensure fewer people get cancer and those that do have better outcomes. Our goals for the next five years are focused around prevention, early detection and fighting cancer with three programme areas to achieve them: research, advocacy and cancer services.  

In the cancer services area, we provide a range of free nationwide patient care services in community and hospital settings. Our Cancer Information Service (which comprises the National Cancer Helpline and Action Breast and Prostate Cancer Helplines) and National Smokers Quitline respond to over 20,000 enquiries annually. We fund Homecare Palliative Care Teams which look after people during the day and our night nurses look after people at the advanced stage of their cancer illness. Our hospital based cancer liaison nurses provide an important link between the patient and other healthcare professionals during the cancer journey, giving vital information and support.

The Society advocates for sound public health and cancer policy and provides accurate and current information on cancer to the public.&; Through our research division, the Irish Cancer Society is the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland.

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