Over 2,000 competitors are expected to take part in this year’s sixth running of the Kleinworth Benson Investors which takes place in Dublin on Sunday.
The race is a highlight of the annual St. Patrick’s Festival programme and a major element in attracting tourists and visitors to Dublin City. The first of only three city street races being held in Dublin this year, it is open to dedicated athletes, families and fun runners alike.
The race will take place in Dublin on Sunday, at 12.00 noon from the Mansion House on Dawson Street. From there, runners will follow a route through Georgian Dublin before returning again to the finish line at the Mansion House. Present to officially start the race will be the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Gerry Breen.
Part of the proceeds raised will go to the Marie Keating Foundation with the balance going to fund facilities being provided for young athletes by the organising club Metropolitan Harriers and St. Brigid’s Athletic Club.
At the forefront in organising the event has been legendary Irish athlete and former world champion, race director Eamonn Coghlan. Commenting, Eamonn said ‘remembering that it was my late father Bill who established the race many years ago, I am proud to work with colleagues from Metropolitan Harriers and St. Brigid’s Athletic Club and officials from Dublin City Council and An Garda Siochana in keeping his creation alive whilst developing an event that brings such benefit to Dublin city.’
Through the sponsorship of Kleinwort Benson Investors – a generous prize fund of EUR 6,000 has been created, from which individual and team prizes will be presented.
Adding to the festive atmosphere will be an entertainment programme that features a live band, jugglers, clowns, face painters, balloon artists, stilt walkers, fire eaters and a parade of motorbikes, to name but a few. Souvenir T-shirts and goodie bags will be given to all participants.
Whilst yesterday was official closing date for online bookings, entries will also be taken up to 11.00hrs on Race Day for a fee of EUR20. A special rate of EUR30 applies to families of up to 4 registering on the day (e.g. 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children up to 16yrs).
After a bumper weekend of Irish sport and who knows –wins for Ireland at the 6 Nations and Willie Casey in the World Boxing title fight on Saturday? , what better way to celebrate – or clear your head – than a leisurely run through Dublin’s streets or simply just join the crowds enjoying the event and assist in helping these worthy causes