OVER 500 people lined up for the Limerick Women’s Mini-Marathon last year without paying for their registration fee.
The organisers, who said they were met with a hostile reaction when they confronted some people last year, are advising people not to line up for the race if they haven’t paid as it is “unfair” to other competitors and the athletics clubs who receive a portion of the proceeds to train children.
Organiser Edel O’Shea emphasised that the vast bulk of funds raised go towards the organisational costs, insurance and making the race safe for all to compete.
Thousands of women are preparing to run and walk this year’s 8km mini-marathon around the University of Limerick campus on Sunday, October 14, at 12 noon, with over 1,000 registering to date.
This is the 15th year of the race, and in the past close to 4,000 people took part.
Men who are brave enough to come in drag or squeeze into stilettos can take part too.
Charities across the region are also appealing for people to take part and raise funds for their benefit.
“So many great organisations in the Mid-West benefit from the mini-marathon and it is always a fun family day with kids cheering on mums, aunties and grannies,” added Edel.
“There’s a lot of organisation involved but we love doing it and are delighted that it has grown to become such a huge sporting event in Limerick,” she said.
She encouraged people that with over two weeks to go there is still time to get enough training done.
The total prize fund for the race is €2,500, with the winner to receive €500.
However, to claim first prize the winner may need to be hot on the heels of runner Rosemary Ryan, who passed the finish line in a time of 27 minutes and 18 seconds last year.
The event is organised by Limerick Athletic Club, sponsored by the Limerick Leader, Limerick’s Live 95FM, the Limerick Post and VHI and run in association with Limerick County Council.
The course is available to view on the website www.limerickminimarathon.com and there is still time to train with meet and train groups active across Limerick.
Runners can later enjoy a glass of champagne at Ladbrokes Munster National & Keane’s Jeweller Ladies Day at Limerick Racecourse on the same afternoon, with an exclusive admission price of €10 to any women taking part in the mini-marathon.
Entry to the race is priced at €20 and entry forms are available at the Limerick Leader office at 54 O’Connell Street.
The Mid West Spina Bifida Association is urging people to raise funds to help them provide support to the 104 families they serve in the Mid West. This year, they are giving anyone that raises €150 for them a chance to win two Munster Rugby season tickets that have been donated by one of their patrons.
Ten years ago they started the ‘Ms Sweet Charity’ contest for all the men who take part in drag, and they are again encouraging the women of the region to drag along their men for this contest. Mid West Spina Bifida can be contacted on 061-439990.