Sunday 25 January 2015

Shamrocks at the ready for St Patrick's 5k

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar joins race director Eamonn Coghlan, Olympic boxing silver medalist Kenneth Egan and Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn to announce details of this year's St Patrick’s Festival 5k.

The popular St Patrick's Festival 5k road race and family fun run takes place again this year on Sunday, March 16.

One of the leading events in the busy St Patrick's Festival calendar, the race is organised by Metropolitan Harriers and St Brigid's AC in co-operation with Dublin City Council and An Garda Síochána.

Once again, this year's race director will be legendary athlete and senator Eamonn Coghlan, whose late father Bill created the event and whose son John took victory in last year's event in a time of 14.45.

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Starting at noon, from a new start/finish line at the junction of Dawson Street/St Stephen's Green, the race will be officially started by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn, himself a dedicated triathlete who will be running with 200 others as part of the Lord Mayor's 5 Alive Challenge – a team committed to running in five of the capital's leading road races this year.

The event will follow its traditional route through Georgian Dublin. Race headquarters will be at Fire Restaurant, adjacent to the Mansion House on Dawson Street.

At 11.40am, prior to the main race, a team of doctors and nurses from Beaumont Hospital will take part in a charity relay race in aid of the Beaumont Hospital Foundation.

Meanwhile, Dublin has pipped Amsterdam and London to become the first European city to host Electric Run at Dublin's RDS on Saturday, March 22.

The combined run, walk, dance and music extravaganza is currently sweeping the US with sell-out events in every state.

Irish Independent

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