Monday 26th January 2015: One of Ireland’s largest mass participatory events, The Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run, was launched in Limerick today (Monday) and is estimated to deliver a welcome €4.5m boost to the local economy.
Monday 26th January 2015
- Legacy event to deliver €4.5m economic boost to Limerick
One of Ireland’s largest mass participatory events, The Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run, was launched in Limerick today (Monday) and is estimated to deliver a welcome €4.5m boost to the local economy.
The organisers of the 6th annual Barrington's Hospital Great Limerick Run which takes place on Sunday, May 3rd 2015 expect to exceed last year’s participant numbers of 12,200 based on the huge level of early registrations that have taken place with over 2,100 already signed up over various race distances.
The run is now the largest mass participatory event outside of Dublin and the only annual ‘Tier One’ event in the Mid-West region.
Speaking at the launch of the 2015 event today, Race Director, John Cleary stated that there are many reasons for the continued success of the event.
“We have to acknowledge the huge levels of support from the people of Limerick and beyond who have demonstrated that the Barrington's Hospital Great Limerick Run is now firmly established on the Irish sporting calendar,” he said.
“The public private partnership model has allowed us as race organisers to deliver a world class event to Limerick with an economic value in excess of €4 million to the local economy according to the latest Council Economic impact report.
The support and commitment of Barrington’s Hospital as title sponsor along with Limerick City & County Council and other commercial sponsors including sports apparel company Brooks UK & Ireland reflects the confidence that all stakeholders and partners have in the future growth potential of the event.”
Speaking at the launch Denis Cahalane, Managing Director of Barrington’s Hospital said the event was a natural partnership for Barrington’s Hospital in terms of promoting a physically healthy and active lifestyle.
“We are proud to continue our title sponsorship of an event that promotes Limerick in a positive manner on a national and international scale,” he added.
Since the inaugural race in 2010, over 41,000 people have crossed the finish line raising €1.1 million for various charities while simultaneously contributing €10 million to local and regional business.
Special Olympics Ireland is the official charity partner for the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run.
Interesting statistics on the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Runto date include:
- Over 175,000 people have cheered runners and walkers along the race routes.
- On average 2,284 bed nights are created with 100% hotel occupancy on the night before the event with the average length of stay by those outside the region = 2 nights
- 75,000 hours of physical activity is generated as a direct result of the Barrington's Hospital Great Limerick Run
- 49.6% of participants claim the event was the main reason why they started exercising.
- 91.1% rated the event as having a high impact on Limerick as an event hosting destination
- 192,000 bottles of water have been used by participants in the last five years.
- An estimated 540,000 miles have been completed by participants since the inaugural event in May 2010
*Barrington Hospital Great Limerick Run figures*
In anticipation of the demand for places in the children’s ‘UL Sport Run for Fun’ which takes place in the University of Limerick on Saturday 2nd May, capacity has been increased to accommodate 3,000 children. This event has to date raised over €50,000 for those primary schools with participating children.
A new ‘App’ for the event will be launched shortly that will contain useful advice on training programmes, nutritional advice along with information on various local services for those visiting Limerick over the May Bank Holiday weekend.