THE DINGLE Women's Mini Marathon, which is set for the off on May 18, received a major boost this weekend as RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan lent her support to the event.
Miriam, who was in Dingle to officially open the Fungie 30th Anniversary Weekend, was joined by RTÉ newscaster and West Kerry native Siún Nic Gearailt, footballer Marc Ó Sé and students from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in filming a short video promoting the event at the Dingle Skellig Hotel.
"Miriam was wonderful in helping us spread the word," Seán Ó Suailleabháin of the organising committee said, adding that the mini marathon is already attracting a lot of support across the county and beyond with 65 per cent of registrations already recieved originating outside Kerry.
Seán also paid tribute to local man Shane Finn who organised and staged the first Dingle 10km Road Race on Sunday. "Shane's Road Race was a great success and he has really managed to get West Kerry out and running," said Seán who, in his capacity as a member of the Dingle Cycling Club, volunteered as a steward during the race. "Many of the ladies who participated in Shane's event will now go on to participate in the Dingle Women's Mini Marathon and we hope to build on what he has started."
The Dingle Women's Mini Marathon is for women of all levels of fitness with walkers, joggers and runners being encouraged to take part. The event is being run on a non-profit basis with the main benificiaries being the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne who aim to develop a playing pitch and running track.
With less than three weeks to the event, registration for Dingle Women's Mini Marathon is on-going;. See DingleMiniMarathon.com