A RECORD 12,000 people will pound the pavements in Limerick city this Sunday for the fifth annual Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run across six events.
This year’s event – which continues to set record numbers year on year – will see 2,000 children take part in the Kids Fun Run on Saturday on the grounds of the UL Arena, while on Sunday, the city’s streets will be flooded with 1,000 marathon runners, 2,000 people undertaking the half-marathon, over 100 relay teams, and over 6,000 people doing the most popular event, the 10km route. Some 75 companies have also signed up for the fittest company challenge, while 50,000 bottles of water will be distributed on the day, along with 5,000 isotonic drinks.
Race director John Cleary said they also hope to donate over €200,000 to the Special Olympics, which will be held in Limerick in June, from proceeds of the race entries.
The race has attracted entries from the UK, US, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain, with a large contingent from Chicago travelling to Limerick this year.
Fifteen bands, solo acts and Djs, from the Boherbuoy brass band to gospel, reggae and jazz, have signed up to entertain and lift the spirits of runners along the route.
Up to 30,000 spectators are expected the line the routes over the weekend.
The Expo will be held on Saturday this year - rather than being held over two days - at the University of Limerick Arena from 10 to 8am, attracting an estimated 15,000 people.
Up to 800 volunteers will also be needed on the day.
“The run could not go ahead without the amazing support of the local community in Limerick on the weekend of the event,” said Mr Cleary. To register log onto www.greatlimerickrun.com