Belfast to host 24-Hour World championship
Belfast has won the race to host the 12th IAU 24-Hour World Championship in 2017.
The Championship, which is held every two years, will be staged in Victoria Park, in east Belfast, on July 1-2.
When last held in Turin in 2015, the Championship attracted 300 of the world's top competitors from 45 nations.
The International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU), which administers the long-distance running wing for the IAAF, made the announcement at its Executive Council meeting in Monaco following "a good competition".
The IAU President Dirk Strumane said: "Belfast presented a convincing, well-structured and strongly supported bid and we are looking forward to a fruitful and constructive co-operation."
Bid Chairperson Ed Smith added: "There was support from Athletics NI acting on behalf of UK Athletics, Athletics Ireland, the Charles Hurst Group and from Dame Mary Peters."
The Energia24 race will switch to the 1.7km circuit at Victoria Park this summer for a dress rehearsal on June 25-26. More information from Ed Smith on 07740818389.