OVER 6,000 people have now signed up to take on the fourth annual Great Limerick Run, which is now less than five weeks away.
Race director John Cleary said they are on target to have 12,000 participants across all categories this year - along with the ambitious aim to donate over €200,000 to the Special Olympics from proceeds of the race entries.
This year’s event expects to see 2,000 children take part in the Kids Fun Run, 1,000 marathon runners, over 2,000 people undertaking the half-marathon, over 100 relay teams, and north of 6,000 people doing the most popular event, the 10km route around the city over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The race, again sponsored by Barrington’s Hospital, on Sunday, May 4, has already attracted entries from the UK, US, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain, with a large contingent from Chicago travelling to Limerick this year.
“We have several high class runners from Kenya competing in the marathon this year, who hope to break the sub 2.20 time. Currently the record in Limerick is 2.22 and in Dublin it was 2.18, so it would be great to see a new record in Limerick,” said Mr Cleary.
This year a new addition to the race is the fittest company challenge, which could see over 100 companies from Limerick and across the Mid-West to claim the title.
Fifteen bands, solo acts and Djs, from the Boherbouy brass band to gospel, reggae and jazz, have signed up to entertain and lift the spirits of runners along the route, and more bands are encouraged to apply.
Free running clinics are already up and running twice weekly in the city.
On Wednesday nights there is interval training at the track in Mary Immaculate College from 7pm.
On Saturday mornings, a group leaves Scott’s bar from 10am for a five or 10 mile run.
All are welcome to join the group and do not have to pre-register.
“The group mentality really encourages more people to get involved and keep up their running, and we’re seeing people from all over the county travelling in for these clinics,” he said.
Up to 30,000 spectators are expected the line the routes over the weekend.
The Expo will be held on Saturday this year, at the University of Limerick Arena, attracting an estimated 15,000 people.
Up to 800 volunteers will also be needed on the day.
To register log on to www.greatlimerickrun.com/
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