Thursday 8 December 2016

Registration open for Dublin's popular Rock 'n' Roll races

Published 27/10/2016 | 17:18

Some of the runners who took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Some of the runners who took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

If you're eager to take part in 2017's Rock 'n' Roll races in Dublin, now is the perfect time.

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The Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon opens registration today for a limited time, after a massive success earlier this year.

Next year's races, which include five different runs, will take part on August 12th and 13th.

The half marathon passes some of Dublin's most iconic landmark, such as Christ Church Cathedral, Brazen Head Pub and the Phoenix Park.

Registration is currently set for a limited time at €30 for the half marathon, €18 for the 10K, €13 for the 5K and €8 for the Fun Run.

The race organisers reported that the 2016 event weekend generated a total economic impact of about €7.8 million for the local economy, according to a study conducted by American-based San Diego State University.

Pictured heading up the hill at Christchurch Cathedral were some of the 13,000 runners took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Pictured heading up the hill at Christchurch Cathedral were some of the 13,000 runners took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

This year, a total of 13,000 people took part in the Rock and Roll races, with people from 53 countries participating, making it the biggest event since the race series arrived in Ireland four years ago.

Among those that took part was broadcaster Ray Foley, who took part in his first 10 kilometre race.

Kiss fans were some of the More than 13,000 runners took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Kiss fans were some of the More than 13,000 runners took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

"It was great craic. The buzz was brilliant and the other runners were great. Healthy people from all over the world," he told Independent.ie.

The volunteers were great. They were shouting encouragement all the way along. It was a really nice experience, not the drudgery I thought it might be."

A concert in Phoenix Park headlined by The Strypes met runners once they passed the finish line. The headline performer for the 2017 race will be announced in the months leading up the the run.

For more information, visit the race website here.

Ray Foley pictured at the 10km Finish line. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Ray Foley pictured at the 10km Finish line. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

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