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Women's Mini Marathon Organisers Release Statement Following Goodie Bag Uproar

By Megan Cassidy

June 4, 2018 at 3:06pm

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UPDATE: A spokesperson for the marathon has released a statement regarding the goodie bags: 

“The race organisers of Women’s Mini Marathon are happy to provide a Race Bag to all participants every year.

“This is one of the most popular parts of the event every year, and we strive to give all participants a selection of free, quality products.

“These range from food and drink items to household and lifestyle items. Our sponsors have no input into the contents of the race bag.

“We understand that some participants were unhappy with the inclusion of dishwasher tablet and laundry detergent samples in the race bag, equally we have received positive feedback from the majority of the 30,000 women who took part in the event.

“We have included similar items in previous years, which have been well received, but understand the concerns raised by some women given the context.

“We welcome feedback from all of our participants, and will continue to listen and take on board the feedback which we receive each year. “

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9:20am: Over 30,000 women took part in the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin city yesterday, with each runner championing a cause close to their hearts. 

While the atmosphere was one of solidarity and achievement, there was nonetheless some disappointment at the finish line. 

The VHI goodie bags, handed out to each woman who had completed the run, contained dishwasher tablets and washing powder... a move that many participants deemed 'sexist' and a let down. 

Fiona Kenny took to Twitter to share the contents of her goodie bag, writing: 

'Women's mini marathon goodie bag had a dishwasher table and some washing powder in it, which I think I'll feck at the next person who says "Well done, geeeerls".

Many others chimed in, echoing Fiona's sentiment. 

However, some tweeters have noted that these items weren't unique to the women's mini marathon goodie bag. One user who goes by the handle @healthybalanceB wrote: 

My housemate runs all the time. I said this to her and she said she’s had it in other goodie bags, doesn’t think it’s specific to the mini marathon' 

Lovin Dublin has reached out to VHI for comment. 

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