Halifax’s Hannah Cockroft was among those celebrating the announcement of the first ever Yorkshire Marathon.
The race will be held in York on October 20 and thousands of runners are expected to take part.
Hannah said: “I know that this event will be fantastic fun, bringing people together and allowing them to achieve lifetime goals at the same time as raising money for some amazing charities.
“Last summer proved that Yorkshire was the best county for sport in Britain and now that Yorkshire has its very own marathon, people can come and share the legacy that was created.”
The countdown to the event is now officially underway, with £500,000 expected to be raised for good causes in its first year.
It has been organised by Mike Tomlinson, whose wife Jane raised almost £2 million for charity.
He said: “It’s taken a huge amount of planning but we think it will be really special. It’s not just for elite runners though, there will be a great atmosphere around the course and lots of support.
“I know it will be extremely popular because there is still that great feeling of the Olympic legacy. Look at all Yorkshire achieved in the 2012 Games! There is no doubt that Yorkshire is exactly the place to launch a new marathon.”