Indeed, only two weeks after Microgaming opened their new Headquarter on the Isle of Man, they sponsored the annual Isle of Man Marathon and Half Marathon. Not only did Microgaming sponsor the event with their community-driven entity, PlayItForward. But they lend a helping hand in the logistics of the event, by handing out medals at the finish line and give out goodie bags.
The two marathon races are part of the “No Rest for the Wicked” that splits up into the Half or Full Marathon, Peel Hill Race, Ramsey’s Northern 10k, The Killer Mile, Foxdale 6 miles’ road race, and Peel Heritage Trail run.
Run for charity
The event itself was organised by the Isle of Man Veteran Athletes’ Club, and it’s one of the top 10 of running events in the UK. But, this year we saw almost 400 people show up to take part in this endurance competition. And the spread of attendees was truly impressive, with runners coming from all over the globe.
Additionally, we also saw the iconic rhino from Save the Rhino International. That has become an expected in running events like this one. But also in large ones like the London Marathon where the legendary beast ran.
Better every year
In fact, this is the sixth time Microgaming sponsored the Isle of Man Marathon and Half Marathon. Indeed, in this race, you can see professionals and amateurs run side by side. After the races the Chairman of the Isle of Man Veteran Athletes’ Club, Terry Bates commented by saying.
“It amazes me how this event gets better year on year. It can only be down to the hard work of those individuals who plan and organise the event all year. As well as the sponsors and volunteers who help on the day. I was unable to run this year due to injury. But being able to help around the course and the stadium made me realise how much effort goes into making this brilliant event. Many thanks to all involved and the support from Microgaming and their team!”