Once again, the world's biggest sporting event for women is set to take place on the streets of Dublin. Monday, June 3 is the day when 40,000 elite athletes, runners and many more part-time walkers and strollers will be supporting Irish charities on the 10km route of the Flora Women's Mini Marathon.
This marks the event's 31st year and radio partner RTE 2fm will be literally running alongside the ladies. 2fm presenters Ruth Scott and Louise Heraghty are flying the flag for athletes of all abilities and you can listen in to the station during the lead-up to the race for lots of training tips, tales of sore legs and some encouragement along the way.
Ruth Scott is no stranger to the Mini Marathon; she has been heading up the fray for several years now. As well as featuring it on her 2fm radio show, Weekenders, Ruth has the job of entertaining the crowd from the 2fm stage.
Ruth says: "There is nothing like the feeling I get when I look at the excited faces of 40,00 adrenaline-buzzed ladies, all set to do their personal best. You can spot the people who have been training for years, as well as the newcomers. All of them are giving it their best shot. Even with such dedication, it's such a fun day.
"One of my favourite things is the massive singalong that we do before the race starts. You'd be surprised as how much energy the ladies have to dance along to S Club 7, B*witched and the Vengaboys before the race starts." Ruth also points out that over €123m has been raised over the years.
"People are so generous with their donations and it's clear to see on the day with practically every runner wearing a charity T-shirt," she says.
Fellow 2fm presenter and Mini Marathon runner Louise Heraghty is just as excited about this year's race as she says it's set to be a landmark year for her.
"This my 10th year in a row taking part. I really love everything about the day: the pre-race nerves, the excitement and build up at the starting line and the well-deserved cuppa afterwards generally spent nattering with friends and family who have also crossed the finish line," says Louise. "Although I know that completing a 10km run or walk is a great achievement for anybody, I am determined to reach my own personal target this year," she continues
"Last year, I set myself a time of under 50 minutes; my final time was 50.41. I wasn't too disappointed as the heat really slowed me down (that's my excuse anyway), but I'll definitely have to step things up a gear to celebrate a decade of runs.
"Training wise, it hasn't been easy so far with the cold, dark evenings but now that it's brightening up a bit I'm sure I'll be more motivated.
"With my early start on Breakfast with Hector I am usually free to run in the afternoon, but I will combine my runs with flexibility training, such as yoga and stretching and speed sessions if I am to hit that target on June 3."
This year, Louise is running in aid of Temple Street Children's Hospital. "I have visited the hospital many times and am aware of the necessity for fundraising.
"The staff are always very supportive and I'm sure they'll have a big group of women taking part on their behalf," she added.