OVER 1,100 people have already registered for the annual Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run - with over 600 registrations received in the first fortnight of the new year.
Labour city councillor Joe Leddin, one of the event organisers, told the Limerick Chronicle that fitness is clearly high on people’s priorities for the new year judging by the flood of entries to date, for the series of races held over the Bank Holiday weekend, on Sunday, May 4.
“After the success of last year’s event we made the decision to open registrations for 2014 immediately in May and that has given us a head start in terms of overall numbers,” he said.
A total of 11,200 people took part last year, which included 1,500 children in the inaugural kids run for fun on the grounds of the University of Limerick.
“Of particular interest is the current strong growth in the half marathon race numbers, which is a possible reflection in many previous runners now progressing from the six mile race,” he said.
Based on previously commissioned reports the event is now generating in excess of €3m for the local economy while simultaneously promoting Limerick nationally and internationally.
Fr Adrian Egan, of the Redemptorists on the South Circular Road, is among those who have outlined his intentions to compete in the marathon this year.
This year, Limerick Chamber has also announced the Fittest Company challenge in a new, novel addition to the race. For each employee who finishes a race on May 4 next, their company will earn points per mile finished. The company with the most points in their category will be declared the fittest company and carry the title for the year.
A number of companies have already got behind the challenge - including Dell, Cook Medical, Northern Trust and micro firm Copytype.
A contribution from the registration fee this year will go towards the Special Olympics Ireland, the race’s nominated charity for the next two years. With just over 15 weeks to go, see www.greatlimerickrun.com to enter