Limerick hurlers Peter Casey and William O'Donoghue, centre, with race director John Cleary and Emer O'Mahony, Regeneron at the launch Picture: Adrian Butler
THE REGENERON Great Limerick Run is on track to be the biggest and best event yet, bringing an estimated €4.5 million boost to the local economy in its tenth year.
The 2019 version of what will be the single biggest mass participation event outside of Dublin was launched by Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins this Monday, who said that everything suggests the organisers and sponsors are set to take the run to another level.
Speaking at the launch at the Limerick Strand Hotel, Mayor Collins said that when any assessment of the remarkable transformation that has happened across Limerick over the past decade is done, the role of the Great Limerick Run cannot be overlooked.
“Given the run is celebrating its 10th year this year, it’s worth reflecting on the impact it has had on Limerick over that decade. It’s been more than a run or a race. It has brought huge numbers to Limerick from across the country and opened a lot of eyes to the new energy of this great city,” said Mayor Collins at the launch, which was attended by Limerick hurlers Peter Casey and William O'Donoghue and Operation Transformation leader Jean Tierney, from Bruff, and members of the business community in Limerick.
“We are incredibly grateful to the organisers of the event for their contribution to the transformation of Limerick. We also thank Regeneron for coming on board as the new title sponsor of the event. Regeneron is making a huge impact on the economic fabric of the city and now also on the sporting and cultural fabric of Limerick with this sponsorship,” he added of the event, of which the Limerick Leader is a media sponsor.
Race Director John Cleary welcomed Regeneron as the new title sponsor and also confirmed that the Munster Athletics Council have again designated both the Marathon and Half Marathon as their official Munster championship races.
“I wish to acknowledge the huge levels of support from the people of Limerick and beyond who have demonstrated in numbers both participating and watching year on year that the Regeneron Great Limerick Run is now a firm favourite on the Irish sporting calendar,” Mr Cleary said.
A Social and Economic Impact report commissioned by Limerick City and County Council and conducted by W2 Consulting estimated the event will deliver a welcome €4.5 million boost to the local economy over the course of the May Bank Holiday Riverfest weekend in the city.
“The public-private partnership model has allowed us as race organisers to deliver a world-class event to Limerick with an economic value estimated now in excess of €4.5 million, according to the latest Council’s Sport Social and Economic impact report,” Mr Cleary said.
Over 83,000 people have crossed the finish line raising €2.1 million for various charities while simultaneously contributing €25 million to local and regional business since 2010.
The organisers of the 10th annual Regeneron Great Limerick Run expect to exceed last year’s participant numbers of 13,000.
Based on the current increased level of early registrations that have taken place, with nearly 3,000 people having availed of early bird discounted race entries over the three race distances, the event is on track to surpass last year’s total.
In anticipation of the increased demand for places in the children’s Bon Secours Hospital Children’s Run for Fun which takes place in the University of Limerick on Saturday May 4, capacity has been extended to accommodate 3,500 children which is now the largest children’s event nationally. To date the event has raised over €100,000 for those primary schools with participating children.
See www.greatlimerickrun.com for more.
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