The 2010 Birmingham Half Marathon, a mass sporting event that promotes healthier lifestyles and aims to help people become more active while having fun, will take place on Sunday, October 24. The event is organized in conjunction with the Birmingham City Council and EDF Energy -- a partnership that makes it more than just a marathon, but also a Race Against Climate Change. This partnership is based upon the idea that sport has the capability to inspire people to work toward a brighter future. As a sponsor of the race, EDF Energy is encouraging all participants to help do their part in reducing carbon emissions. While entrants do not have to run for any specific charity, there are officially suggested charities you may run for to raise awareness and money. There are 12 official charities, but you may run for any charity you like if you choose to do so.The o fficial charities are as follows:
Birmingham Children's Hospital Acorns Children's Hosptial British Heart Foundation Birmingham Mail Charity Trust Cancer Research UK Global Action Plan Geoff Thomas Foundation/Leukemia & Lymphoma Research Have a Heart Macmillan Cancer Support Help for Heroes Queen Elizabeth Hosptial Birmingham MS Society.
The total route which starts near Birmingham Town Hall and finishes on Broad St., is 13.2 miles long. Whether you're a participant or a spectator of the Birmingham Half Marathon, here are the basic facts you'll need to know before the big day arrives: When: Sunday, October 24 Time: Starts at 9 a.m. Where: Race will begin and end on Broad Street, adjacent to the International Convention Centre How Many: 15,000 runners .Entry for the Birmingham half marathon is now closed, but if you have any additional questions, check out the offical Birmingham half marathon website.