The Mayor of Limerick Michael Collins today presented over €92,000 to 12 charities from funds raised at this years Virtual Great Limerick Run. While the iconic physical event could not take place due to Covid restrictions, organisers pressed ahead with the event in a virtual format.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “The Great Limerick Run is such an important date for those who want to keep fit and for charities - both go hand in hand. This year was no different with over €92,000 raised for 12 charities. These funds will be of great help to the groups.
“Well done to the thousands of runners who completed this year’s run and for all their supporters in raising much needed funds. Well done also must go to John Cleary and his team. The Great Limerick Run has become a wonderful event in our calendar, and takes a huge amount of effort every year. This year was a little different as it was a virtual run, but John still managed to keep the enthusiasm and camaraderie, which are the hallmarks of the event, so high.”
“Let’s hope a run through the streets of Limerick can happen in person next year.”
With almost 5500 participants, the virtual event was deemed an outstanding success.
Participants registered from 23 countries and all 32 counties confirming the popularity of the event not only in Ireland but on the international stage.
“The virtual approach allowed us to connect with people from far and wide”, said Event Director John Cleary. “It was just great to see so many people getting behind this event in 2021. While we appreciate the virtual experience isn’t the same as the traditional event, it is simply amazing to see the scale of the fundraising that the event generated”.
Twelve charities benefitted by a combined fundraising total of €92,569.
Plans are already well underway for 2022. It is hoped that the traditional event will fill the city streets again over the May Bank Holiday weekend in 2022 as life returns to normal.