OVER 1,000 people are set to join radio presenter Ray D’Arcy in Limerick for a 5km run among five locations around the country, writes Anne Sheridan.
In all, over 6,000 people are expected to lace up their runners for the fourth annual lunchtime run, in association with SPAR and Athletics Ireland.
The runs will take place in Letterkenny, Athlone, Limerick, Cork and Dublin’s Phoenix Park between September 15 and 19. The Limerick race will take place at 1pm on Wednesday, September 17, and the cost of entry is €5.
The idea is to get first time runners off the couch to take on the 5k challenge.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s series, Ray D’Arcy of Today FM said: “When we began these events four years ago I hoped to get a lot of people turned on to running, with the hope that it might be the start of something new for them – a new and healthy lifestyle that they will embrace for the rest of their lives.”
Anne Gallagher, SPAR Marketing Manager said since beginning this initiative over 20,000 people have taken up the 5k challenge.
“At SPAR we’ve been successfully promoting leisure running in Ireland over the past number of years through our support for events including the SPAR Great Ireland Run and the Join SPAR and Ray for 5k initiative.
“For us it’s a really meaningful approach to sponsorship as more people aim to get out and get healthy.”
To register, go to www.spar.ie / www.facebook.com/SPARIreland / www.todayfm.com or www.facebook.com/TodayFM.
Details of how to train are online.