Limerick to dance its way into world record books

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

LIMERICK is hoping to break a new record for the world’s largest zumba event next month.

LIMERICK is hoping to break a new record for the world’s largest zumba event next month.

The attempt to break into the Guinness Book of World Records will take place on Sunday, May 6, before people line up to take part in the Great Limerick Run.

It is expected over 4,500 people could take part in the zumba challenge, which will be held as a warm-up for people taking part in the six-mile event.

This will commence at 12:45 and finish at 13:15, before the event starts at 13:30. The current record is approximately 1300 people and the organisers of the run hope to surpass this several times over.

John Cleary, event organiser, was honoured by the Shannon Sports and Conference Bureau on Friday night last in recognition of the contribution the Great Limerick Run has made to the business community in the region over the last two years. The award was presented to him by Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan.

Over 5,500 people have now entered to take part in the six mile event, half marathon, full marathon, and walkers’ marathon, which will be the first event to begin, scheduled for 8am. Now in its third year, it is expected to grow to include some 8,000 entrants this year, rising to 10,000 in 2013. The wide support for the event across Limerick has also been demonstrated by the religious community as St. Michael’s Church of Ireland will be used on the day for any medical emergencies.