Entries officially open for Northern Ireland’s leading race that features a new revised route.

The 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, which features a new flatter and faster route, officially launched at Stormont Cottages, Belfast on Wednesday (September 12).

Northern Ireland’s leading 26.2 mile event will also take place on a Sunday (May 5) for the first time as it celebrates its 38th year. The winners of the last race on a May Bank Holiday Monday were Kenyan duo Eric Koech and Caroline Jepchirchir.

As well as a brand new, flatter and faster route for marathon participants, there will be a new start location on the grounds of the iconic Stormont Estate.

There will be a full line up of events to suit all levels of fitness including the marathon and wheelchair race, the team relay, 8 mile walk and fun run, all with brand new improved routes. All events will start at Stormont except for the fun run which will start and finish at Ormeau Park.

“Few of us involved in the inaugural event in 1982 could have imagined that the Belfast City Marathon would still be in existence some 37 years later, albeit in a slightly different and more inclusive format,” said David Seaton MBE, Chairman of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.

“May 2019 will see us break with tradition as we unveil and explore a fresh 26 miles 385 yards route in and around Belfast and deliver the competition on a Sunday.

“These are two major changes which we hope will result in greater participation numbers and add to the enjoyment of the athletes and spectators alike.”

Entries are now open at www.belfastcitymarathon.com via the brand new MyTicket App. An early rate will apply until October 31.

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