Warriors link up with Wigan Run Festival
All runners eligible for free ticket to fixture vs Huddersfield
- Run Festival and Warriors Family Fun Fixture to take place on 19th March
Wigan Warriors have joined forces with organisers of the inaugural Run Wigan Festival to offer a special reward for all runners.
For as well as receiving a medal for their efforts, participants will be entitled to free entry to Wigan’s Super League match against Huddersfield Giants at the DW Stadium on the same day.
There will also be a discounted rate for supporters wishing to attend the match details of which can be found in the runners’ race packs.
Race Organiser Matt Johnson, from charity Joining Jack, and Kris Radlinski, Director at Wigan Warriors, decided to do something after discovering the races and match were on the same day, Sunday 19th March.
Matt Johnson said;
“We agreed to make it a big sporting day for Wigan.
“We wanted to extend it and get people to run, walk or jog one of the three events, get a medal, enjoy the European food markets and the bands, and make their way down to the stadium to watch the Super League game free of charge.”
The Run Wigan Festival will see three races held in the town centre, covering one mile, 5km and a half marathon. It is the first time the event has been held and follows the success of the popular Wigan 10k, which was held in September 2016 for the fourth year running.
The Warriors have supported Joining Jack, which was founded in honour of eight-year-old Jack Johnson, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Jack’s dad Andy Johnson played nearly 100 first team games for the club. Members of Warriors’ first team handed out water to runners in this year’s 10k as they went along to the athletics track at Robin Park next to the DW Stadium.
Speaking to Wigan Today, Matt added:
“They are two independent events but we can support each other and increase the profile for Wigan at the same time.
“Hopefully it will help people in the town who might be attracted to their first Warriors game or who haven’t been for a while, but it might also attract people who have never been to a Super League game from out of town.
Warriors Marketing Director Simon Collinson said:
“Sunday, March 19 promises to be a great day for the town of Wigan. The inaugural Run Wigan Festival will be a fantastic occasion and our game against Huddersfield Giants later in the day will see the celebrations carry on as we host all of the runners that have taken part.
“The game against Huddersfield, our first of two on a Sunday this year, will be a huge family fun day with lots going on in and around the ground.
“It’s great to see so many runners already signed up and we very much look forward to hosting them down at the DW Stadium.”
To take part in Run Wigan Festival or find out more, go to runwiganfestivals.co.uk.
Wigan Warriors face Huddersfield Giants at the DW Stadium on Sunday 19th March alongside an action-packed line-up of live music and family entertainment. Tickets are now available from the DW Stadium Ticket Office, Ticket Hotline on 0871 66-33-552 and online by clicking HERE.