Festival of Running unveils new look for 2020

Give the gift of fitness this season, by gifting entry to the Coventry Half Marathon.

Organisers of the Coventry Festival of Running last week unveiled a contemporary new look for 2020, featuring new branding and a modern website.

The Festival of Running consists of the Coventry Half Marathon, Coventry 5K and Wheelchair 2.5K, all taking place on 5 April 2020.

The day will see around 5000 runners take to the streets of Coventry to raise money for good causes. Last year more than 4000 runners took part, representing more than 50 charities and raising over £100,000 for the event’s partner charities.

Entries for the marathons opened in October, so you can sign up now.

What’s more, you can now purchase a gift entry to the Coventry Half Marathon as a present for someone this Christmas. The perfect motivational Christmas gift – with no wrapping to worry about.

The new look aims to be more inclusive and give each of the four races a unique identity whilst still staying strongly connected to the other races within the Festival of Running family.

Event Organiser Millie McCaughrean, from Coventry University Students’ Union, said, “We’ve been working on this rebrand for some time and are really excited to finally reveal it to you!

“There is truly something for everyone to take part in and we encourage as many people as possible to sign up and run for yourself, as part of a team or for your chosen charity. 

“Each race has community at its heart and celebrates bringing people together; from the racers on the start line and the wonderfully supportive crowds who come to cheer them along, to the staff and volunteers who keep the events running smoothly every year.”

Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said, “Seeing something that launched in Coventry during our year as European City of Sport and Year of Wellbeing continue again next year is really special for us. We have got thousands of people active this year and to see the legacy continuing is fantastic.

“As a runner myself, I know how much hard work is put into the training for the races, so I can’t wait to cheer everybody along on the day.”

The Festival of Running also includes The Children’s Mile and Toddler Dash, both of which will take place around Coventry’s War Memorial Park on 22 March. The 2019 event saw more than 2,000 local children take part, raising money for school projects and local charities. Entries for both events open early next year.

This year’s Festival of Running welcome an additional charity partner as SWFT Charity – the official charity of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust – joins the team.

You can check out the new Coventry Festival of Running website, find out more or sign up here: enjoycoventry.com/festivalofrunning.