Numbers for 2018 Great Limerick Run are ‘up significantly’

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run: Numbers are up for 2018 Picture: Press 22

Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run: Numbers are up for 2018 Picture: Press 22

WITH the amount raised for charity at the 2018 Great Limerick Run expected to smash through the €1m barrier for the first time, it has been announced that the Crescent Shopping Centre have teamed up with this iconic event as the official event partner for the volunteer programme.

Now entering its ninth year, the Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run will take place on Sunday, May 6.

With over 12,000 runners and between 25,000 and 35,000 spectators, a team of over 600 volunteers will help to deliver the event.

Three runs will take place: a half-marathon, a fun-run, and the full marathon. 

Meanwhile, a children’s fun run will take place the day before, at the University of Limerick campus.  A total of 7,650 have already registered including 1,830 for the children’s event. Some events are likely to sell out, especially the half marathon event as numbers are significantly up on previous years.

Volunteers for this event come from many local clubs, schools and groups. In addition to the volunteers required on Sunday an additional 200 volunteers are required on Saturday May 5 in the UL Arena for the event expo. Exhibitors from all over the country will make their way to the UL Arena for the exciting sports expo.

Alongside exhibitors, there will be a massage bay and the popular running forum stage.

Volunteers provide a variety of tasks at the event including supporting the gardai, handing out medals and T-shirts and directing runners along the route of the run to name just a few of these tasks.

“We are delighted to partner with this great event in Limerick and especially delighted to be able to partner with the volunteer programme. This event has showcased all that is great about Limerick to a local, regional and national audience consistently over the last nine years and we are very proud to be part of this great local community story,” said John Davitt, general manager of the Crescent Shopping Centre.

The event is the centrepiece of a weekend of celebrations in Limerick this May Bank Holiday weekend. In a recent Economic Impact Report commissioned by Limerick City Council, the event was estimated to be worth €4.5 million to the local economy and with a potential to grow further as numbers increase. 

John Cleary the event director for the event commented: “This event showcases all that is great about Limerick from the route to the musical acts and the love of sport. But it is the people of Limerick that are our greatest asset.

“The volunteer programme for this event demonstrates the amazing people that are in our communities, schools, groups and clubs. We are delighted and grateful to the Crescent Shopping Centre for their support for this event.”

“The Great Limerick Run is just a hook to showcase all that is great about Limerick: it’s people, the city, the university and the river. It shows off our love for sport,” Mr Cleary added.