10 REASONS WHY IAAF/CARDIFF UNIVERSITY WORLD HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 IS SET TO BE THE GREATEST RACE EVER TO TAKE PLACE IN WALES
It’s the “must do” race for 2016 and the one that everyone is talking about. The IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships 2016 is set to be one of the greatest endurance events Wales, and possibly the UK, has ever seen. Thousands of runners from around the globe have already signed up to be part of this once in a lifetime experience, so let’s look at the top 10 reasons why everyone wants to #runtheworlds
How many times have you sat watching a global sporting event on TV and imagining the excitement the participating athletes must be experiencing. Well here is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of your very own World Championship by taking part in the mass race event. Something impressive to tell the grandkids!
2. Each runners receives FREE commemorative adidas t-shirt
Global sportswear giant adidas has confirmed an exciting partnership with the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships 2016. adidas will provide each runner with an exclusive branded technical t-shirt and race bag, as well as giving them access to exclusive offers and discounts off a range of products. Pretty cool hey!
3. You can ‘Run in the Footsteps of Champions’ (and hopefully Mo)
The world’s best runners will be descending on Cardiff’s streets next March for what is sure to be a hotly contested IAAF elite race. The mass race will take place at the same time, so runners will literally be running in the footsteps of champions. Could you catch them?!
Running legend Paula Radcliffe has described the event as “special”and we couldn’t agree more. What Paula says goes. See what she has to say about the event here
5: For a medal that you will never want to take off.
Each of the 25,000 runners that cross the finish line will receive their very own unique event medal. You will wear this one with pride!
6: Run a flat, fast and iconic World Championship course
Cardiff is a pretty special place, historical buildings, an iconic bay area and vibrant city center. The IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon course promises to show off Cardiff in all its glory and give runners every opportunity to achieve a PB.
It wouldn’t be a big city race without an equally impressive Expo to go alongside it and we’ve been able to secure the brilliant Motorpoint Arena for Wales’ first major sport, health and well-being exhibition. Some of the biggest names in running, including adidas, have already confirmed so it promises to be BIG.
8 The City will be celebrating in style. Get ready for a warm Welsh welcome
Cardiff is always buzzing in the spring after the excitement of the Six Nations and the pride of St David’s Day and the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon will keep the party atmosphere going with one of the biggest celebrations of the year over the Easter weekend with a programme of events, activities and entertainment taking place throughout the city.
9. Once in a lifetime experience
This is not an annual event, in fact, it’s the first time the event has ever been to Wales and it could be the only time. Last time it was held in Copenhagen an estimated 100,000 lined the streets to cheer people on; of course we want to be even bigger and better!
10. And finally. Who doesn’t want to run the World?
The IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon is about as close as runners will get to a World Cup so why not come and see if you can get one over on some of our friendly rivals from across Europe and the rest of the world? We’ve already had entries from runners in Australia, Canada and the Dominican Republic to name just a few!