The organisers of the Wigan 10K have announced that this year’s event on Sunday 3 September will feature a Family Mile run following the main race. Race organisers the Joining Jack charity had previously staged a Junior Joining Jack event, featuring 1, 2 and 3ks on a nearby running track 24 hours prior to the event.
Following the success of the charity’s Run Wigan Festival event earlier this year, which featured a half marathon, a 5k and Family Mile, the charity has decided to repeat the magic mile for children aged up to 11. All particpants will receive a runner number and a Joining Jack finisher's medal.
Organiser Matt Johnson said: “The 10k is such a special day not only for the charity but for the town of Wigan and the running community, and we were wondering what we could do to improve on the past four years. Our Run Wigan Festival was a huge success in its inaugural year and the Family Mile was incredibly popular. We had more than 700 runners register to take part with 300 of those on the morning of the race. So the decision to stage a second Family Mile at the 10k was a bit of a no brainer.
"It will be the perfect fit as we will be celebrating World Duchenne Awareness Day later that week and hoping to welcome some of the boys who, like Jack, are living with Duchenne. They will be representing the World’s Strongest Boys organisation to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and will play their part in creating another fabulous event."
Both the Wigan 10K and Family Mile races will be started by nine-year-old Jack Johnson, the inspiration behind the Joining Jack charity. Jack has been fighting Duchenne since he was diagnosed at the age of three. His parents set up the charity in 2012 and the September event will be their sixth major run.
The day itself will also feature live entertainment from a number of local bands, along with speciality foods from various European countries in the town centre. You can register for both events at the event website.