Born to Run celebrates 40 miles of success
Locally run event is a huge success once more as it celebrates its fifth year
While most of us were tucked up in bed at 7am last Saturday morning, members of the 'Born to Run' club in Tralee were lining up alongside fellow runners from all over Kerry to take part in the fifth year of the annual '40 Mile Ultra and Relay'.
You might think that running the same four mile loop ten times in a row - a loop that includes two quite substantial hills - would qualify as the definition of insanity, but for the 122 runners that took part in Saturday's fundraising run, there was nowhere else they'd rather have been.
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"It went exceedingly well. Everyone that came across the finish line seemed to be happy with their day. The supporters, spectators and volunteers all seemed happy and as long as they're happy, I'm happy," said Run Director Brian Ó'Sé, speaking to The Kerryman.
"It has grown year after year. This year we actually increased the numbers by about 20 per cent and we still sold out and we had special requests from people looking to get a place," he continued.
Speaking about the success of the 'not for profit' event which was raising funds for the "brilliant" kids and staff at St Ita's & St Joseph's school here in Tralee, Brian lavished huge praise on the "warriors" - the volunteers, the committee members, the stewards - behind the scenes who helped to make the day a reality.
After all their many, many achievements over the past few years, it's getting increasingly difficult to find adjectives to fully describe our runners here in Kerry, in a way that does their herculean efforts justice. For now though, the word "warriors" will simply have to do.