Jason Kenny of Bon Secours, race director John Cleary and Lorna Clancy, Limerick Leader Picture: Adrian Butler
ON YOUR marks, get set, go; With almost almost 3,000 people already signed up to take part, the ninth annual Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run is expected to be bigger and better than ever.
With events taking place across Saturday and Sunday May 5 and 6, the Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run is expected to boost Limerick’s local economy by €4.5m over the course of the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The run is now the largest mass participatory event outside of Dublin and this year’s ‘UL Sport Run for Fun’ is set to become the largest children’s event nationally, with 3,500 children expected to take part.
“When you see how the people of Limerick come out to support the run, participate in it, volunteer at it, for me that’s really what's great about Limerick,” race director John Cleary told the Limerick Leader.
“When we started off this event in 2010, Limerick, Ireland and the world economy was a very different place.”
“Thankfully everything has improved a little bit since then and I think Limerick has risen on that rising tide. I like to think this event here has done a little bit to help along the way.”
Speaking at the official launch of the event, Mr Cleary also confirmed that the Munster Athletics Council has again designated both the Marathon and the Half-Marathon as its official Munster championship race.
From the inaugural race in 2010, more than 70,000 people have crossed the finish line, raising €2.1 million for various charities and contributing €25 million to local and regional business.
More than 14,200 people took part in last year’s races, according to Mayor of Limerick Metropolitan Council Sean Lynch, who has pledged to take part in this year’s events.
“Its recognised as a great day out in Limerick City whether you’re a competitor or you’re here for the fun,” Mayor Lynch told the Limerick Leader.
“You can walk, you can jog, you can do what you like. It caters for everybody, it's absolutely fantastic for our city.”
“It’s about bringing the young and the old, the brave and the bold to this wonderful city.”
Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons is very proud to be showcasing such a flagship event for the city, according to hospital manager Jason Kenny.
“It means an awful lot. We’re very very proud to be behind and be associated with the event, which is a great way to showcase what’s best about Limerick and the Mid-West, which aligns into that we at Bon Secours Hospital want to do.”
The Great Limerick Run is supported by Limerick City and County Council, an Garda Síochána, Limerick Sports Partnership, LIT, UL and media partners including the Limerick Leader and Limerick’s Live95FM.
For full details on how to enter the Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run please visit, www.greatlimerickrun.com and follow the event on Twitter @BSHGLimerickRun or like on Facebook.