THE COUNTDOWN is on with less than a week to go until the Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon, with over 2,000 people getting ready to take part.
Organisers are urging those interested in participating to register now as the race t-shirts are running out.
The 8km (5 mile) race will take place in the surroundings of the University of Limerick campus this Sunday, October 14, at 12 noon.
Organiser Edel O’Shea said they really want to highlight to participants that the race is on at the earlier time of noon this year, and not 2pm as it was in previous years. “The entries are flying in now and we hope they’ll keep coming in throughout the rest of the week,” she said.
Entries for the race will be taken at the Pery Hotel, from this Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm, as “some people prefer to sign up manually, rather than online.”
There will be prize money for the first ten women past the finish line with first place getting €500. There will also be age category prizes and spot prizes.
Charities across Limerick and beyond are still urging people to take part on their behalf to supplement their income in challenging times.
Cliona Hegarty, national campaigns manager with the Irish Cancer Society, said “taking on the mini marathon is a great opportunity to share a fun day out with girlfriends and family. It’s also a very important day for charities like the Irish Cancer Society who depend on people to raise funds for their free cancer services. We need more runners and walkers from Limerick so that we can continue to provide our information and support services in Limerick and throughout the South West.”
The most recent data from the National Cancer Registry shows that 1,048 people were diagnosed with cancer in Limerick in 2009. Cancer will affect one in three people during the course of their lifetime.
Entry forms can also be downloaded online at a cost of €20 to participate, or found in the Limerick Leader office or Limerick’s Live 95FM.
The event is organised by Limerick Athletic Club, sponsored by the Limerick Leader, Limerick’s Live 95FM and VHI and run in association with Limerick County Council.
The event is also open to men, however they must dress up in drag to enter.
Participants can also attend Limerick racecourse after the race and avail of a special entry price of €10 from 2.25pm. The stakes are also high on this course as the winner of best dressed lady competition will walk away with a diamond ring worth €4,000 from Keanes Jewellers. The second prize is a €1,000 hamper of us Shiseido products, the third prize is a gift voucher from Isobel Boutique in Adare, and 10 finalists will each receive a goody bag.
There will also be a prize for the sportiest lady of the day for those coming straight after the race.