1513Bournemouth Marathon Festival: your new 2013 running challenge

Bournemouth Marathon Festival: your new 2013 running challenge

STUNNING sea views, fresh crisp clean air and the very best of Bournemouth and Poole will be on show as the south coast is home to the Bournemouth Marathon Festival for the first time.

Entries are open for a NEW running festival which will see thousands of runners from all over the world take to the streets of the coastal resorts on October 5 and 6, 2013. Bournemouth Pier which is set in the centre of seven miles of golden sand, framed by the Isle of Wight and the Purbeck Hills, is just one of the route highlights in a series of races predicted to become a vital addition to the UK running calendar. The award winning Boscombe Pier will also feature in the new family friendly festival which as well as a Marathon will also include a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and two junior races.

With miles of glorious, unspoilt golden sands and clear blue sea, Bournemouth and Poole, provide a beautiful backdrop for the ultimate run in a pure and clean natural environment.  The spectacular, natural running environment and fresh air of Bournemouth and Poole will be loved by runners who want to run as it should be.

This promises to be a must-do festival of running in the south coast and the marathon on Sunday 6th October is a signature event. So why not get together with friends, family or colleagues and enjoy a superb coastal break and be part of this fantastic weekend of running.

Typically, if you want to enter a major run such as a Marathon, Half Marathon, or 10k you have to choose different venues and dates. The Bournemouth Marathon Festival brings all of these together in one unique Festival of Running. A 5K “Speed of Light race” which takes place at dusk with the emphasis on light around the route. will provide an unforgettable race and some magical moments for runners and spectators. And runners taking part in the “Supersonic” 10k run will be treated to music from bands along the route, showcasing local musical talent. Two junior races designed to fire children’s enthusiasm for fitness will guarantee there’s something for all the family. But at the heart of this weekend will be the establishment of The Bournemouth Marathon - the pinnacle of endurance athletics.

Jon Weaver, Marketing & Events Manager from Bournemouth Tourism said: “We can’t wait to host the 2013 Marathon Festival and welcome the thousands of runners expected over the weekend. Our established record of great award-winning family festivals and the stunning location is sure to excite everyone - runners, supporters, families, friends and the local community.”

Cllr Judy Butt, Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation with direct responsibility for Sports and Leisure said: “We are delighted to be hosting world class runners in our vibrant scenic town and showing off Poole’s outstanding natural beauty. I am certain that our residents and community groups will take this opportunity to be part of this exciting new event and come out over the weekend to show their support for all those taking part.”

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is also a chance to make a difference to other people’s lives by raising money for charity. Macmillan Cancer Support is the Bournemouth Marathon Festival official charity but there are hundreds of affiliated charities to choose to run for.

Entries are now open for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on October 5 and 6, 2013.

Just go to the website www.run-bmf.com <http://www.run-bmf.com/?utm_source=mensrunningemailjan&utm_medium=mensrunningemailjan&utm_campaign=mensrunningemailjan> and like the Bournemouth Marathon Festival facebook page.

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