Ul Sport Kids Run to be Held in Memory of Aaron O'Flaherty

Monday 26th January 2015: It has been announced that this year’s UL Sport Kids Run at the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run 2015 will be held in memory of nine year old Aaron O’Flaherty who sadly lost his life in a tragic accident last May.

Monday 26th January 2015

It has been announced that this year’s UL Sport Kids Run at the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run 2015 will be held in memory of nine year old Aaron O’Flaherty who sadly lost his life in a tragic accident last May.

The UL Sport Kids Run at the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run 2015 will take place on Saturday the 2nd May 2015 and held in conjunction with Limerick Sports Partnership and the HSE.

Sports mad Aaron always enjoyed the Kids Run and last participated in the event in 2013. His mum, Cecilia O’Flaherty, says she is ‘completely taken away and honoured’ that this year’s event will be held in Aaron’s honour on the weekend of his first anniversary.

Race Organiser John Cleary said the logo ‘Remembering Aaron’ will be on placed on the back of all children’s race t-shirts with an image of colourful balloons to help promote the Aaron O’Flaherty Memorial Fund which raises funds to purchase equipment for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

“Aaron really enjoyed the Kids Run in 2013 and his medal took pride of place in our home,” said Cecilia. “I’m really touched that this year’s event will be held in his memory,” Cecilia said. “As Civil Defence Officer in Limerick, I have worked over every single Great Limerick Run weekend. The Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run and Aaron’s anniversary will always be linked for me now as I was not long home after the event last year when I got the phone call about Aaron's drowning accident. So I’m extremely grateful to the organisers for doing this for Aaron and I’m hoping that the Fun Run will be well supported by the children of Limerick and their parents this year.”

Cecilia along with a number of friends and family has entered the 2015 Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run including the 10K, the Half Marathon and Full Marathon in memory of Aaron and his name will be on the front of all their bibs when they are running on the day.

Race organiser John Cleary added: “Cecilia is part of the Great Limerick Run Family and we’re delighted to honour Aaron in this way,” he said. “Aaron symbolised what this event is all about - children having fun, keeping active and enjoying participating in a fun collective event. We’re delighted to host this event in his memory and help promote Aaron’s Memorial Fund.”

HOW DO KIDS TAKE PART?

For this year’s UL Sport Kids Run, four waves will take place at the University of Limerick. There is a limit of 500 children for each wave.

Starting times and distance for each event:

  • 14:00 Junior Infants and Senior Infants - 1km
  • 14:30 1st and 2nd Class - 1.5km
  • 15:00 3rd and 4th Class - 2km
  • 15:30 5th and 6th Class - 2.5km

All of the runs are off road, starting at the GAA pitch beside the running track and finishing on the running track.

Mums/dads/minders are welcome to join their children for the first two runs

The cost of entry is €12 per child. €5 of each entry fee will be donated to the participant's primary school. It is important that during registration the child's primary school name is entered into the registration form, in order for the primary school to receive their donation.

Children participating in the events need to collect their race number at least 1 hour before their race. Numbers can be collected at the kids section of the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run Expo at the UL Arena from 10am on Saturday, 2nd May. All participants will receive a finisher's medal and technical race t-shirt. Water will be available on the day.

For more information and to download kids training guides please visit www.greatlimerickrun.com.

To help support Aaron’s Memorial Fund, please visit Remembering Aaron xxx on Facebook

 

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