Early riser Leo is setting the pace - but Simon's race is not run just yet
When Leo Varadkar talked about wanting to be a leader for people who get up early, few thought it meant to go running on a Sunday morning.
But it was shortly after 8.30am when the putative Taoiseach jogged in Dublin Docklands in a 5km race to get the day started.
Surprised runners could be heard whispering at the sight, finally figuring out why so many photographers and cameramen had shown up for the Streets of Dublin run. The jogging leader is a classic photocall, perfected by people such as Bill Clinton and David Cameron.
After two days of handing out branded cupcakes, it was a change of pace for the Varadkar campaign.
He was accompanied by Junior Minister Eoghan Murphy, Senator Maura Hopkins and a few from his backroom team who pleaded that it wasn't their idea to drag the reporters out of bed so early on a Sunday.
Before taking off on his jog around town, he batted away questions about Brexit, welfare and how he left Simon Coveney for the dead in the race that really matters.
Mr Varadkar was home and hosed by the time Mr Coveney arrived in Dublin to launch his policy priorities at the rather trendy Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street.
Acting as MC, Kate O'Connell joked that many of those present might be more familiar with the surroundings during the hours of darkness.
Over coffee and croissants, the Housing Minister mingled with supporters and journalists before telling them he has "big ideas".
"Of course this is a personality contest. But it is also a fight for the soul of Fine Gael," he said.
There was lots of fighting talk and a warning that the next leader would have to be "challenged" on his vision for Fine Gael and Ireland.
Mr Coveney's race isn't run, but Mr Varadkar is across the finish line. For those wondering, it took him 26 minutes and 44 seconds. A deferential Mr Murphy came in five seconds later, followed by Ms Hopkins.
Fine Gael parliamentary party endorsements for leader
The Fine Gael parliamentary party makes up 65pc of the total electorate.
That makes each of the 73 members' votes worth 0.9pc of the total ballot.
Of the remaining electorate, 230 party councillors account for 10pc, while the remaining 25pc is rank and file members.
|Richard Bruton -Minister||Simon Harris - Minister|
|Frances Fitzgerald - Minister||Damien English - Minister|
|Michael Ring - Minister||Dara Murphy - Minister|
|Eoghan Murphy - Minister||David Stanton - Minister|
|Sean Kyne - Minister||Marcella Corcoran Kennedy - Minister|
|Joe McHugh - Minister||Kate O'Connell - TD|
|Helen McEntee - Minister||Maria Bailey - TD|
|Charlie Flanagan - Minister||Sean Barrett TD|
|Paul Kehoe -Minister||Hildegard Naughton - TD|
|Patrick O'Donovan - Minister||Peter Fitzpatrick - TD|
|Regina Doherty - Minister||Tim Lombard - Senator|
|Mary Mitchell O'Connor - Minister||Jerry Buttimer - Senator|
|Paschal Donohoe - Minister||Paudie Coffey - Senator|
|Heather Humphreys - Minister||James Reilly - Senator|
|Pat Breen - Minister||Colm Burke - Senator|
|Catherine Byrne - Minister||John O'Mahony - Senator|
|Andrew Doyle - Minister||Paul Coghlan - Senator|
|John Paul Phelan - TD||Gabrielle McFadden - Senator|
|Noel Rock - TD||Deirdre Clune - MEP|
|Tony McLoughlin - TD|
|Alan Farrell - TD|
|Michael D'Arcy - TD|
|Tom Neville - TD|
|Josepha Madigan - TD|
|Pat Deering - TD|
|Jim Daly - TD|
|Brendan Griffin - TD|
|Ciaran Cannon - TD|
|Colm Brophy - TD|
|Peter Burke - TD|
|Fergus O'Dowd - TD|
|John Deasy - TD|
|Joe Carey - TD|
|Neale Richmond - Senator|
|Catherine Noone - Senator|
|Paddy Burke - Senator|
|Martin Conway - Senator|
|Michelle Mulherin - Senator|
|Maura Hopkins - Senator|
|Ray Butler - Senator|
|Frank Feighan - Senator|
|Maria Byrne - Senator|
|Joe O'Reilly - Senator|
|Kieran O'Donnell - Senator|
|Brian Hayes - MEP|
|Enda Kenny - Outgoing Party Leader *||Martin Heydon - Party Chairman *|
|Michael Noonan - Minister||Michael Creed - Minister|
|Bernard Durkan - TD||Sean Kelly - MEP|
|Mairead McGuinness MEP|
* Outgoing leader Enda Kenny and party chairman Martin Heydon will not make an endorsement