FOR the first time in the six year history of the annual Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run registration has now closed in advance of race day this weekend.
To close registrations with a week remaining is a reflection on the continued growth and popularity of the event, said race director John Cleary.
“It is not that long ago when the event accepted race registrations right up to race day which places huge pressure on the team in trying to accommodate individual needs of people,” he said.
Acknowledging that there will be many disappointed people who have not been able to register, event co-organiser Joe Leddin said that the team made a huge effort to keep the public informed.
“Through our various event media partners and social media we made it very clear that once we achieved the target figure of 13,000 registrations would close,” said councillor Leddin.
Close to 50,000 spectators are expected to line various parts of the race route from Pery Square where the whistle will be blown to the finish line on O’Connell Street.
The international sports expo, which is been held in the UL Sports Arena between 10am to 6pm this Saturday, May 2, is open to members of the public to attend and visit the various retail and information stands that are offering race advice or promoting products and services. Speaking on behalf of Barrington’s Hospital, managing director Denis Cahalane said that “with registration now closed with one week remaining, the event had demonstrated the capacity to attract widespread appeal across all age groups and sections of society”.
Dozens of streets in the city will shut down on Sunday, May 3, which will see 10,000 entrants, including 1,000 doing the marathon, up to 2,500 doing the half marathon and the remainder competing in the ever popular six mile run.
Competitors from more than 22 countries are taking part this year, including the USA, Australia, UK, Germany, Spain, Canada, France, Poland, and Denmark.
Some 3,000 children will also be taking part in the Kids Run for Fun on Saturday, May 2, in UL. Mr Cleary is confident that they can hit their overall target of 15,000 for next year.