SHANNON Airport is set to make history again next month when over 1,000 runners will line up for the first ever night-run on an Irish airport runway.
The Bank of Ireland Runway Night Run will take place at 11 pm on Friday, July 4, when participants set off on the 5km run along what is one of Europe’s longest runways.
The event is a fundraiser for the Samaritans, a designated Shannon Airport charity. Lions, Irish and Munster rugby legend Keith Wood has also come on board as an ambassador for the event and will lead out the runners, limited to 1,200 people, on one of the most novel courses ever in Ireland for an organised run.
“There are runway runs at a small number of airports across the world every year, but this will certainly be the first ever such event at an Irish airport,” said Neil Pakey, chief executive of Shannon Airport.
The timing of the run fits into the airport’s busy summer schedule, with flights operating right up to 10 pm. All participants will be chip-timed and can register online at www.sportstiming.ie. The entry fee is €20. The run will commence at the terminal building from where runners will embark on a triangular course that takes them out onto one of the airport taxi-ways to the main runway.