Boston marathon winner to give talk ahead of Limerick run

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

Neil Cusack passing the finishing line of the Boston Marathon in 1974
THE ONLY Irish winner of the Boston marathon in its 118 year history will give a talk ahead of the Great Limerick Run this weekend.

THE ONLY Irish winner of the Boston marathon in its 118 year history will give a talk ahead of the Great Limerick Run this weekend.

Forty years on after his famous win, Neil Cusack, 62, will give the talk this Saturday, May 3, at 8pm, in the Strand hotel, ahead of the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run on Sunday, May 4.

All funds from the talk will go towards the Special Olympics, which will be held in Limerick this June.

Neil, then 22, won the Boston Marathon in a time of 2:13:39, which he said is “forever etched in my brain”.

Four decades on, he still enjoys his morning run.

“I know if I get out in the morning and run for 40 minutes around 7am, your whole day changes,” he said.

Running, he said, is still the “best mental therapy you can do - it will keep your head clear. The thing is to go out and enjoy it. Don’t set any mad targets. If you run for 10 minutes - doesn’t matter how fast, after three or four weeks you’ll see a difference.”

Up to 10,000 people are expected to take part in a series of races on Sunday, while some 2,000 children have entered in the Kids Run for Fun on Saturday.

Participants can enter the 10km, half marathon, marathon, relay marathon and the fittest company challenge.

Tickets for Neil’s talk are priced at €10.