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Virtual Marathon Challenge

Virtual Marathon Challenge

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the 2020 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, which was expected to take place on Sunday 20th September, has been cancelled. However, you can still raise funds for us and help us continue caring for people with chest, heart and stroke conditions during the pandemic by taking part in our Virtual Marathon Challenge instead.

Basically, instead of running the normal marathon route with fellow competitors, you can complete it yourself on the route of your choice. You can do the full 26.2 miles if you wish or opt for the half-marathon. You can also split the distance between friends and family. The rest, in terms of sponsorship and fundraising, is just the same as usual.

Thousands of people rely on our vital services in Northern Ireland. With almost 90% of our funds coming from you, the public, we urgently need your support to continue ‘caring through COVID’. So, if you like a physical challenge and would like to support our work, the Virtual Marathon Challenge is the one for you!

How to sign up

1. Set a date and time (we all know it's more likely to happen if you have a set date to complete the challenge),

2. Choose your event: Full marathon, Relay or Walk. If you want to stick to the marathon distance of 26.2 miles, amazing! However, if you would prefer to run a half marathon instead, then go for it. Alternatively, share the marathon distance between yourself and a family or friend by doing a relay or walk.

3. Register your fundrasier with us: Click here

4. Get going - don't forget to record your activity on a tracking app (e.g. Garmin, Fitbit or Smartwatch). To help you along the way you could organise to have friends or family join you for some company and motivation.

5. Send evidence: Please email a photo of your completed activity to

6. Raise £30 for NICHS and we'll send you and your team one of our branded buffs to thank you for your efforts.

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