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Dublin's Mini Marathon gets big new sponsor

THE Women's Mini Marathon - which sees 40,000 runners take to the streets - has secured major new backer for the next five years.

Health Insurer VHI Healthcare has been announced as new partner for the annual race which will take place on June 1, 2015.

The Herald is the official newspaper to The Women's Mini Marathon, the biggest all-female event of its kind in the world.

Participants in this year's race raised a staggering €12m for a range of charities.

"VHI Healthcare is delighted to support the Women's Mini Marathon," its chief executive John O'Dwyer said this morning.

"This is truly a unique event which sees women of all ages and abilities coming together to achieve their fitness goals and raise money for their chosen charities.

"VHI Healthcare has a proven track record in promoting wellness and pro-active, healthy lifestyles," he continued. "The health benefits, both physical and mental, associated with running are unparalleled.

"We are delighted therefore to have the opportunity to promote this area and hope to encourage more people to dust off their runners and take the first step towards running as a hobby.

"We look forward to working together with the Women's Mini Marathon team to further develop this fantastic event while also supporting women across Ireland to achieve their running goals and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle," Mr O'Dwyer said.

Further information about registering - which begins in the new year can be found on www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie