More than a race: Regeneron Great Limerick Run to attract over 13,000 participants

Ryan O’Rourke

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Ryan O’Rourke

Emer O' Mahony, Regeneron and Jean Tierney, Operation Transformation at the launch of the 2019 Regeneron Great Limerick Run

Emer O' Mahony, Regeneron and Jean Tierney, Operation Transformation at the launch of the 2019 Regeneron Great Limerick Run

OVER THE years, the Regeneron Great Limerick Run has become more than just an athletic event, with this years run set to bring an estimated €4.5 million boost to the local economy on its tenth anniversary.

The 2019 race has a new name and new sponsors with biotechnology company Regeneron taking the helm in an event in which over 13,000 people will take par.

This will be Regeneron's first time sponsoring the event, and for one member of staff, there is a huge connection to the annual race.

Emer O’Mahony is the Supervisor in Manufacturing Compliance with Regeneron. She has run the race every year since it began, except for last year, when she missed the race for a very good reason.

“I couldn't run it last year because I was getting married. I actually met the man I married through the Great Limerick Run, in 2012, after the half marathon. We got married six years later, to the day, last May,” said Emer.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s run at the Limerick Strand Hotel, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick James Collins reflected on how the race has changed over the years.

“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,” 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.

“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,” he added of the event, of which the Limerick Leader is a media sponsor.

Race Director John Cleary 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,” 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.