Challenge Yourself and Raise Funds for Children in Need!!
Venue: Limerick City, Ireland
Date: 6th May 2012, 9am (Full Marathon), 10.30am (Half Marathon), 1pm (6 Mile Run)
Distance: 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, 6 miles
Entry fee: €60 (Full Marathon), €45 (Half Marathon), €20 (6 Mile Run), up to 1st February
€70 (Full Marathon), €55 (Half Marathon), €25 (6 Mile Run), after 1st February
On Sunday May 6th 2012 the streets of Limerick will fill once again with runners, joggers and walkers from far and wide for the third Great Limerick Run. This event has something for everyone! The 3 races include a fully certified marathon, a half marathon and a 6 mile event.
The three events commence over a staggered start schedule. The Marathon starts at 9am, the Half Marathon starts at 11:30am and the 6 Mile starts at 1:00pm.
All participants will start at the same start line and finish at the same finishing point. The race is unique for many reasons. The marathon enters the city on no less than four occasions which helps to generate great support for the athletes. The route has been carefully designed to incorporate the many sporting and historic highpoints in Limerick including the city center Georgian architecture, the world famous University of Limerick, King Johns Castle, The Treaty Stone and Thomond Park. The race follows the River Shannon in many places adding to the overall occasion. A total of 10 musical points are located along the last 10KM to help everyone enjoy the day and celebrate a great occasion in the Sporting Capital of Ireland.
Walk, run or jog… These 6 miles taking in a host of historical, cultural and sporting sites along the way and double up as the final leg of both the marathon and half marathon events. Starting at Pery Square with its Georgian architecture and award winning People's Park the races follows the River Shannon passing Limerick Boat Club and Shannon Rowing Club. Crossing the Shannon on Sarsfield Bridge and travelling along Clancy Strand with a fantastic view of the Curragower falls, the Hunt Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral (1168) and the 13th century King Johns Castle on Kings Island. The race then passes the Treaty Stone (1691), and heads for the world famous Thomond Park, home to the Munster Rugby team. The last mile of the race travels along the wonderful O'Callaghan Strand before crossing the Shannon and heading to the finish line on Limericks O'Connell street. The 6 mile route has music and entertainment along the way with upwards of 10 music stations along the route, adding further to the overall enjoyment!
13.1 miles or 21 kilometers through a mixture of Limerick's city center, riverside, suburb and countryside locations. The course initially heads south taking the participants past Old Crescent Rugby Club and then heading back to the city along the St. Nessans Road, Ballinacurra Road and O'Connell Avenue. Over the last 10 kilometers the participants will enjoy a host of landmark sites including fantastic view of King Johns Castle, Thomond Bridge, Sarsfield Bridge, The Treaty Stone, Thomond Park as well as traveling along the wonderful riverside Clancy Strand and O'Callaghan Strand. The half marathon finishes on Limerick's main street O'Connell Street.
26.2 miles or 42 kilometers through a variety of settings including Limerick's city centre, the University of Limerick, picturesque countryside and riverside locations. The marathon starts at the award winning People's Park surrounded by Georgian Limerick. The course then heads to the University and Castletroy area taking in the superb University campus and the breathtaking Living Bridge. The route then heads back to the city taking in the Canal Bank. This route is a very popular running route for runners of all abilities including many world champions visiting Ger Hartman at the University Arena. The marathon course then returns to the city center reaching the halfway point on Parnell Street. The route then heads to the countryside passing Young Munsters Rugby Club, Old Crescent Rugby Club and Limerick Golf Club. The route then returns to the city center for the final 10KM. The last 10 kilometers are filled with a wonderful array of historical, sporting and cultural sites before finishing on Limericks O'Connell Street.
If you wish to find out more about the Great Limerick Run you can log on to the official website at www.greatlimerickrun.com.
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