St. Patrick’s 5K Festival Road Race takes place in Georgian Dublin

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Earlier today Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn, Minister for Transport and Tourism Leo Varadkar, Olympic Medalist Boxer Kenny Egan and Race Director Eamonn Coghlan officially launched 2014’s St. Patrick’s 5K Festival Road Race. 

The race will start at 12 noon on Sunday, 16th March.  A new start/finish line is in place at the junction of Dawson Street/St. Stephen’s Green with the race following its traditional route through Georgian Dublin.  The race is one of the highlights of the annual St. Patrick’s Festival programme in Dublin.  Open to families, fun runners and dedicated athletes alike, it has established itself as a major attraction in encouraging locals and visitors to the City to participate in the race.

Not only is the Lord Mayor starting the race he will also be competing in it along with almost 200 people who joined his Lord Mayor’s 5 Alive Challenge this year.  The team, in their distinctive blue tops, is now taking on their 4th official race this year in a bid to stay fit and healthy.

Speaking about the race, Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn said: “This 5k fun race really gets the crowd and spectators going. This race has a fantastic atmosphere with all levels of fitness participating.  I would like to commend the sports and recreation staff of Dublin City Council for their hard work and enthusiasm in promoting the race and encouraging participants to keep fit.  The race is just one part of the St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin City and I would like to welcome all our residents and locals into the City to enjoy all the festivities on offer”.

Eamonn Coghlan thanked those whose involvement over the years has made the race the foremost public sporting event of the St. Patrick’s Festival and reminds elite athletes and fun runners alike to reserve March 16th in their diaries!

To register for the race go to: www.athleticsireland.ie

 A free goodie bag and t-shirt will be given to all participants of the race. 

St. Patrick’s 5K Festival Road Race is brought to you by Dublin City Council in partnership with Metropolitan Harriers and St. Brigid’s AC and Kleinwort Benson Investors.

ENDS

For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277

Aideen O’Connor, Dublin City Council Sports & Leisure Section: T (01) 2227598

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Notes to the Editor:

 Prior to the main race, the staff of Beaumont Hospital including doctors, nurses, porters, physio therapists, consultants and neurosurgeons and will run for their lives in a Charity Relay Race in aid of The Beaumont Charity Foundation at 11.40a.m.

 Adding also to the race’s festival atmosphere will be entertainment and street theatre including a live band, clowns, jugglers, face painters, balloon artists, stilt walkers, fire eaters and a parade of motorbikes. An added dimension this year will be the presence of Disney characters from the latest Muppets movie!  

The Headquarters for the Race is at Fire Restaurant adjacent to the Mansion House.  Refreshments for participants of the race will be available in the Mansion House after the race and will follow with prize giving by the Lord Mayor.  

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