Great Limerick Run

23rd November 2009
Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K on the starting line for May 2nd 2010

 

Members of Limerick’s Sporting elite Rosemary Ryan and Ollie Moran were joined by local comedian Karl Spain and to launch the Great Limerick Run, a new marathon, half marathon and 10k run that will transform the city on May 2nd 2010.  The new event which will be part of the May Bank Holiday Riverfest festivities will help put Limerick on the world map in terms of marathon and street running and is set to bring over 7,000 participants to Limerick in 2010 which could boost the local economy by an estimated €10million.
Speaking at the launch Martin Tynan, Event Organiser, said, “Limerick’s sporting tradition is second to none, and as a group we have been working behind the scenes for the last 18 months in an attempt to fill the last big void in Limerick’s sporting calendar.  The Great Limerick Run not only sees a marathon return to our native city for the first time in over 25 years but also provides the runners of all calibres and experience a means of taking part with a half marathon and 10k option.  The job starts here to get the word around to people of all running ability that a world class event will be taking place in Limerick next May and that there is no better place to come to enjoy a weekends sport than Limerick.  We have put great thought into formulating a route that will offer both a challenge to the elite athletes but will also help showcase the historical and modern parts of the city to participants and spectators alike.  The other key element of any mass participation athletics event is the opportunity for local charities to benefit significantly and this is something we will be encouraging all our participants to embrace”
The Great Limerick Run is a sporting event that is unique to Ireland. It is the first ever time that a 10k, half marathon and full marathon have been held in the same location in one day and will be the most exciting event on the Irish running calendar in 2010.  The event has been designed to tap into the unprecedented popularity of running in Ireland at every level - its three distances cater to everybody from the novice fun-runner/ walker to the most competitive of international athletes. It’s specifically designed to be accessible to people of all ages, ability, mobility and fitness levels.   The route for the Great Limerick Run commences at the Peoples Park and will see the participants pass many great Limerick sights including Georgian Limerick, Thomond Park, King John’s Castle, the University of Limerick and the River Shannon itself.
Welcoming the announcement, Shannon Development’s Limerick Development Division Manager Eoghan Prendergast, said, “The development of sports tourism is an integral part of Shannon Development’s tourism strategy. Identifying and securing key mobile tourism events has been central to our work over the past number of years and we are delighted to be able to offer our support to the organisers of the Great Limerick Run. Identifying and securing key mobile tourism events has been central to our work over the past number of years and we are delighted to welcome the Great Limerick Run. The fact that we have been able to integrate this event into the already successful Riverfest weekend allows us to market the Great Limerick Run as a weekend away for competitors and spectators to sample the delights Limerick has to offer.”
Speaking at the launch, well know international Athlete and Limerick woman, Rosemary Ryan, said, “Athletics has always been a huge participation sport in Limerick and its surrounding areas and I’m ecstatic that we will now have a world calibre event on our doorstep.  By focusing not just on marathon but also half marathon and 10k, the event really is all inclusive and caters not just for full time athletes but also those looking to get fit, half fun and raise some money for charity.”
The Great Limerick Run is being supported by Shannon Development, Limerick City Council, Limerick County Council, Limerick Sports Partnership, Limerick Regeneration Agency, the Limerick Coordination Office and the Sporting Limerick promotional brand.  Full details are available on www.greatlimerickrun.com.

Last update:04/12/2009

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