Great Ireland Run
Don't forget to bring your trainers
The SPAR Great Ireland Run will take place on Sunday 6 April in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.
It is the only race in Ireland to be recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body of athletics. The event is one of only twenty-two races in the world to receive an IAAF Road Race Silver Label in recognition of the event’s high standard of organisation, elite participation and media profile.
Coronation Street's Paula Lane, who plays Kylie Platt, and Ryan Andrews from the popular Irish soap opera, Fair City, launched the event in January and will both be in the Phoenix Park to run on behalf of their local charities.
They will be joined by close to 10,000 other runners and their families in what is a highlight of the athletics calendar, and a great day out for all the family.
Set in the heart of one of Europe's largest city parks, this year’s race will once again feature a superb field of international and national distance runners. Last year, the men's event was won by double Olympic gold medallist Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia in 28 minutes 51 seconds.
Although the elites lead the way, the event is all about the thousands of runners that line-up behind them. The distance is a great challenge for new and seasoned runners of all abilities and always brings out a fantastic crowd to cheer everyone all the way to the finish line.
The day begins with the stars of the future and the Mini Great Run; the 1.6k course is open to 3-8 year olds and adults can accompany their child if they wish. Junior waves for 9-15 year olds over a longer distance of 2.5k, will follow.
The 10k race starts in the afternoon and covers a stunning lap of the Phoenix Park in all its springtime glory. As in previous years, the event will be shown live on RTE Television. Every runner to cross the finish line will receive a technical running t-shirt, medal, Finishers Pack and their official result.
If you're an Irish national, there's also the chance to run for county pride in the All Ireland County Challenge. To qualify, each county must have at least five registered runners. The winner is determined by the fastest average time and announced as the 'fittest county in all of Ireland!'
So don't forget to bring your trainers and earn some of that famous Irish culture.