Run Garioch 2017 launched in Olympic style last week thanks to Team GB and London 2012 athlete Hannah England.
She was joined by the Provost of Aberdeenshire, Hamish Vernal.
In addition to kickstarting the event, to be held on Sunday, March 26, Hannah also led two sessions of athletics for the children of the Garioch Sports Centre’s Junior Olympians Club.
Acknowledging the vital support given by all the event’s sponsors and patrons, Race Director Eric Simpson welcomed the new sponsor of the Half-Marathon, RIM Fabrications of Kintore. He also welcomed new Event Programme Sponsor, Dream Atmosphere Commercial Cleaning, and the new Event Village Sponsor, ACG Contracts Ltd.
In his opening address Mr Simpson also welcomed returning sponsors to the event, including Fisher Offshore, Sinclairs Jewellers, EBLAST, CP&Co and Dandara.
The property developer’s sales manager in Aberdeen, Peter Best, said: “We are very happy to be supporting Run Garioch’s 10k race once again for 2017.
“The Dandara team will be training hard from now until the event and we’re looking forward to joining many runners from the North-east and beyond.”
Assistant Race Director, Graham Hudson, explained the vital role charities play in marshalling the event, as well as raising funds for their own causes.
Runners keen to raise funds for this year’s partner charities – Aberdeen FC Community Trust, Aberlour, Befriend a Child, Cash For Kids, Charlie House, CLAN and Inspire – are urged to get in touch with the charities direct to reserve their places.
The organisers also outlined a number of changes to race day next year, including modifications to the route of the EBLAST 5k, the expansion of the Event Village to include more catering options and family activities and changes to the management and routes of the CP&Co. Junior Run to accommodate their target of 1000 schoolchildren.
Unlike in previous years, the Junior Run will now be held after, rather than before, the adult events.
Changes have also been made to the rules for the two team prizes in the Dandara 10k.
There will now be one prize for the fastest running club/jogscotland group and another for the fastest team from an AB51 business.
Funds raised by Run Garioch support the work of the Garioch Sports Trust, which runs Inverurie’s Garioch Sports Centre.
The centre’s new car park, recent interior renovations, new website and gym equipment have all been funded to some degree by sums raised by Run Garioch.
“Funds from Run Garioch will also play a vital part in our new £15M building proposal,” added Simpson.
“We are Inverurie’s largest sporting event and the whole race committee is very proud that funds from RG2017 will help improve access to sporting and community facilities for all.”
Entries to Run Garioch 2017 on Sunday, 26 March are now open on www.rungarioch.co.uk.
Entries will close Sunday, February 26, or as each event sells out.