New Car on Offer for One Lucky Runner as Great Limerick Run 2011 is Launched

At the official launch of the Great Limerick Run 2011, it was announced that all participants that complete the course in the 2011 event, will be entered into a draw for a brand new 2011 5-door Volkswagen Polo, courtesy of Frank Hogans Limerick & Volkswagen Ireland.

The 2011 Great Limerick Run, in association with the Irish Times was officially launched today, Monday February 7th at the new Limerick Greyhound Stadium by Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne & Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Cllr Richard Butler. 

At the launch it was announced that all participants that complete the course in the 2011 event, which takes place on Sunday May 1st, will be entered into a draw for a brand new 2011 5-door Volkswagen Polo, courtesy of Frank Hogans Limerick & Volkswagen Ireland. 

The Great Limerick Run is now in its second year and includes a Full Marathon, Half Marathon & 6 mile run and with a prize fund of over €24,000, establishing the race as the second richest running event in Ireland in 2011.  

It is expected that upwards of 10,000 participants will take to the streets of Limerick for this year’s event which forms a central part of Limerick’s European City of Sport celebrations and is worth an estimated €10million to the local economy.

Announcing details of the draw for the brand new car, Martin Tynan, Great Limerick Run said, “Following on from the success of the first event in 2010 where we had 6,400 participants, our aim this year is to make the event even bigger by bringing more people to Limerick and offering a very special incentive to those who do take part. 

We are delighted therefore to announce a first for an event of this kind, a draw for all participants of a 2011 5-door Volkswagen Polo courtesy of Frank Hogans Limerick & Volkswagen Ireland.  So whether you come first in the marathon, last in the 6 mile or middle of the half marathon pack you will be in with a chance to drive away on Sunday May 1st with a brand new Volkswagen Polo. 

Full details of the draw will be available at www.greatlimerickrun.com.  In addition to the car we also have a cash prize fund for the event this year that is in excess of €24,000. This is second only to the Dublin City Marathon in Irish running events.” 

John Cleary, Great Limerick Run, extended thanks to all those who are supporting the event, saying, “The Great Limerick Run really is a team effort and it would be remiss of me not to thank all those organisations who are supporting the event this year. 

I would like to thank our lead sponsor The Irish Times for helping promote the event and the city to a national audience. I also wish to thank our numerous commercial and media sponsors for their on-going support and acknowledge the great assistance that our local and national statutory bodies have given to the event. 

An event of this scale cannot happen without the help of the Gardaí, Irish Red Cross & Civil Defence and I would like to reserve special thanks this evening for their assistance. Last of all I would like to thank the people of Limerick who have embraced this event and demonstrated to a national and international audience why Limerick is Ireland’s true sporting capital.”

The Great Limerick Run forms part of the Limerick Riverfest and will include the Great Limerick Run Expo on Friday April 29th and Saturday April 30th before the run itself takes place on Sunday May 1st.  The draw for the Volkswagen Polo will take place at a special post-race party on the streets of Limerick, more details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.  

Additional entertainment for those visiting Limerick for the weekend will include a special Great Limerick Run race night on Saturday night in Limerick Greyhound Stadium, discounted entry fee to the National Hunt Meeting at Limerick Racecourse on Monday May 2nd and much more yet to be announced. The run itself contains over ten music stations dotted along the last 6 miles of the marathon course adding further to the overall festival feeling in Limerick on the May Bank Holiday weekend.

The Great Limerick Run in association with the Irish Times is being supported by New Balance, Power Bar, Ballygowan, Newstalk, Limerick’s Live 95FM, Shannon Development, Failte Ireland, Frank Hogans Limerick, Volkswagen Ireland, Limerick City Council, Limerick County Council, Limerick City Enterprise Board, Health Services Executive, O’Donovan Caufield Lavin, Gardaí, Irish Red Cross, Civil Defence, Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick Racecourse, Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Limerick City Sports Partnership, Limerick County Sports Partnership, Limerick Regeneration Agency & the Limerick Coordination Office.  

For those looking to take part, you can register on www.greatlimerickrun.com or by calling 061 609627. 

ENDS

Press release issued by:

Kieran O’Brien, O’Brien Communications, 086 6019214

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