The Cookstown Half Marathon Road Race on Sunday 4th August 2013 will be one of the events in the World Police and Fire Games. The majority of the Games sports are held in venues in Belfast and this will be the only Mid-Ulster venue to participate in the Games.
Every two years the World Police and Fire Games provide the host country with a unique opportunity to showcase its country, its people and its very best facilities to a captive audience of over 25,000 visitors. Sport is at the core of the event and it is essential both for the credibility of the Games and the reputation of the host country that competitors enjoy the optimum experience across every sport in which they participate.
The concept of promoting sport and fraternity within the police and fire fighting communities began in 1967, with the staging of the first ever California Police Olympics. This concept grew and led to the establishment of the World Police & Fire Games Federation (WPFGF) in 1983, with the first Games taking place in San Jose in 1985.
WPFGF is made up of serving and retired fire, police and prison officers from across the world. Their mission is to create community interaction and awareness, educate children on the benefits of sport, and develop camaraderie between members of the emergency services from around the world.
The Games hope to attract visitors from over 70 countries. This will include an estimated 10,000 competitors, plus 15,000 friends and family from all over the world with a large influx expected from North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe
For information on visiting Cookstown, accommodation in the area and other things to do visit http://www.cookstown.gov.uk/visitorincookstown/touristinformationcentre/