OVER 8,000 people will take to the streets of Limerick today for the third annual Great Limerick Run
The particpants will run distances of between six and 26 miles during the event, which will be the largest to date.
John Cleary, race director, said due to “phenomenal” demand they extended the number of entrants to 8,500, but could easily have accommodated 9,000 people. “When we established the event just over two years ago we planned for numbers to exceed 10,000 in five years and we are certainly now on course to achieve that target,” he said.
More than 400 volunteers will be on duty today to ensure the run goes of smoothly.
The event is set to provide an economic boost of some €2m to the economy, as up to 30,000 spectators are set to line the route. Most hotels in the city have been booked up for weekend -largely due to the staging of the Great Limerick Run.
Gardai are advising motorists that Pery Square, O’Connell Street and Sarsfield Bridge will be closed to traffic throughout the day and there willbe restrictions on a number of other routes.
Prior to the start of the six mile race at 1.30pm in Pery Square, zumba dancers will warm up the runners for 20 minutes as they attempt to set a new Guinness world record for the largest amount of people zumba dancing simultaneously. The world record attempt starts at 12.45pm.
The post-race party will be held in the Locke bar, George’s Quay from 5pm.
People from every county in Ireland have entered in the Great Limerick Run, along with runners from 18 countries, including the US, UK, Germany, Spain, Canada, and Denmark.