Limerick Leader is media sponsor of the new relay marathon

OVER 50 teams have already entered the Great Limerick Run’s first relay marathon. Backed by the Limerick Leader, it’s shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested events this May.

OVER 50 teams have already entered the Great Limerick Run’s first relay marathon. Backed by the Limerick Leader, it’s shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested events this May.

Up to four people can take part in the relay marathon, with runners or walkers covering a course of nearly seven miles each.

However, for the more ambitious, some entrants could cover a half marathon within the relay marathon, with one or two others picking up the remaining 13 miles.

Competitors in this event will be brought together close to the finishing line so that they can cross the line together. The number of people who took part last year reached around 8,500, with two new additions this year - the marathon relay and kids fun run, in addition to the marathon, half marathon and six-mile event.

“From 5,500 competitors in year one to almost 9,000 last year we are confident that we will reach in excess of 10,000 participants in 2013 including over 500 overseas international athletes. Our aim has always been to reach 15,000 by 2017 and we are well on the way to fulfilling this target,” said John Cleary, race director.

The Irish Cancer Society is the designated charity for this year’s event. In addition to the new title sponsor, the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run is also supported by Limerick Local Authority, The Irish Times, Newstalk, Limerick’s Live 95FM, Garda Siochanna, Limerick City & County Sports Partnership and the Limerick Communications Office.

Discounted entry fees are currently available online until February 1 at €60 for the full marathon, €45 for the half marathon and €20 for the six-mile run or by contacting 061 609627.

It is now just over 14 weeks away. Training plans for people with all levels of fitness are available online.

Full details are available on www.greatlimerickrun.com.