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With 50 days to go until the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships, Cardiff 2016, the iconic image of Cardiff Castle has been revealed as the design for the sought-after finishers’ medals.   Today (Friday 5 February) marks 50 days to go until the prestigious event is held in Wales for the first time, bringing the world’s best athletes and up to 20,000 amateur runners in a mass participation race to the streets of Cardiff.   All runners who complete the race will receive one of the unique IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships finishers’ medals, featuring the unmistakable image of the 2000-year-old Cardiff Castle in the heart of the capital.   The premium quality medals have been produced by the same company who supply the Virgin Money London Marathon and last year’s World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen.   Matt Newman, Chief Executive of Cardiff 2016 organisers Run 4 Wales, commented:   “We know the race finisher’s medal will be a prized possession for everyone who completes the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships. From Mo Farah to the fun runners taking part to raise money for good causes, everyone will be wearing their medal with pride come Easter Saturday 26 March.   “The is a one-off event, the World Half Marathon Championships have never been to Wales before and might not come back so this year’s finisher’s medal is going to be a real collector’s item.   “A lot of thought went into the design for the medal and what better one to use than the iconic profile of Cardiff Castle, the starting point for the event and an image which will be shown around the world when the event is televised live to more than 50 countries.”

Check out the route here:      Final Course Map

The flat, fast and beginner friendly 13.1 mile course around the capital takes in many of the city’s major landmarks including the Principality Stadium, the Cardiff City Stadium, Penarth Marina, Cardiff Bay Barrage, Welsh Government’s Senedd Building, the Wales Millennium Centre, Roath Park Lake before a grandstand finish in the Civic Centre.   Due to the on-going repairs works to Windsor Road Bridge, the Cardiff 2016 route will no longer cross the bridge as previously planned but will now follow the same course as the 2015 Cardiff Half Marathon, which is loved by both seasoned and new runners alike.   More than 100,000 bottles of water have been provided by award-winning supplier Brecon Carreg for race day and all runners will have access to sports nutrition from leading company High 5.

To sign-up for the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships visit www.cardiff2016.co.uk/register

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