Rock Your Run with Mairead!
TodayFM’s Mairead Farrell Ready to Rock at Rock ’n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon
- Special Surprise Guest abandons ‘low places’ for the heights of a Dublin rooftop!
Mairead Farrell of Today FM officially launched the Rock ’n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon today (Friday 11th April), a global initiative that makes running fun.
Taking place on the city streets on Bank Holiday Monday, 4th of August, music every mile is at the heart and ‘sole’ of Dublin’s Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon.
Live bands and DJs play rock, punk, funk, and blues, setting the tempo for a course where runners and spectators alike will be ‘dancin’ in the streets’ to great music beats.
Today’s race launch saw Ireland’s finest Garth Brooks impersonator join Mairead Farrell on the PWC rooftop on Spencer Dock, overlooking the new race start point at North Wall Quay and Samuel Beckett Bridge. The half marathon route is a new one, but it’s the same old toe-tapping, head-banging, air-guitaring goodness of a race route lined with live bands and entertainment. And this year, there’s even more to see!
The new route will take in both the north and south quays, Christchurch, the Guinness Brewery, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Kilmainham Gaol and the Phoenix Park; a spectacular introduction to Dublin city for the many overseas race competitors. The final few miles of the race will run through the park, passing the Wellington Monument, the Papal Cross, Áras an Uachtaráin and Dublin Zoo. A fantastic Finish Line Festival with some of Ireland’s top acts performing throughout the day will give runners a chance to relax after the race.
It’s a full weekend of activity allowing runners and their entourage a chance to make the most of the bank holiday weekend in Dublin. The weekend kicks off with the Health & Fitness Expo at the RDS. It’s free and open to the public all day Saturday and Sunday, featuring the finest in athletic apparel, health related exhibits and of course, rockin’ entertainment, including a sneak peek at some of the bands on course.
The Today FM star has already begun training for the 13.1 mile Rock ’n’ Roll course.
“I enjoy running although this will be my first half marathon, so its going to be a challenge, but I am ready to take it on! I love the idea of music all along the route as I think its going to help me and all the other runners stay focused and enjoy the run through the streets of Dublin,” Mairead Farrell said.
Race registration is now open on rocknrolldublin.com, costing €46 to compete (until 30th April; €49 thereafter), which includes the official Brooks Technical race t-shirt, a runner swag bag, and a unique finishers medal, as well as live course and finish line entertainment.
Last year’s inaugural Rock ’n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon saw 6,500 athletes from 52 countries take on the 13.1 mile challenge, enjoying the live music and the free finish line festival, where Dublin’s finest Delorentos were the headline act.
For the second year running, the AAI National Half Marathon Championships are integrated in the Rock ’n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon, ensuring the participation of Ireland’s top club athletes. The top three Irish runners, in both the male and female race, receive cash prizes of €500, €300, and €100, respectively, and there are also prizes for the first overseas runners over the line.
The Rock ’n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon is fitness and fun combined, and is a great event for the whole family, according to race organiser Josh Furlow, Executive Vice President of Global Events at Competitor Group.
“The streets of Dublin will be alive to the beat of pounding feet and rockin’ music this August Bank Holiday Monday. The majority of runners complete the 13.1 miles in less than three hours, encouraged on by the live bands along the course. The free finish line festival includes our headline act, where, despite having completed a half marathon, the runners enjoy a serious boogie with their families and supporters”, Josh Furlow says.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series is the ‘World’s Largest Running Series’, with more than three quarters of a million people taking part worldwide each year. Originally a U.S. initiative that happens in 26 cities across North America, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series now features in Europe too, where Liverpool, Dublin, Lisbon and Madrid all host events.
The event is a big contributor to sporting tourism in Dublin city and surrounding counties, with the Dublin leg of the worldwide Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series attracting more than 2,700 overseas visitors, including over 1,600 from the US, and 600 from the UK. The running fans combine their sport with interesting city breaks, and the total direct economic impact of last year’s event was calculated at €7,308,905*1.
Kevin Moriarty, Fáilte Ireland believes the event will provide a great boost to the capital.
“We are delighted to be supporting this event which is guaranteed to keep both competitors and visitors entertained. Fáilte Ireland is investing heavily in festivals and events across the country in 2014 and this recent addition to the calendar will help to further build on the reputation of Ireland, and in particular Dublin, for hosting international events,” he said.
More detail of the headline music acts, this year’s route, volunteering, and celebrity runners will be announced for the Rock ’n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon in the coming months; so competitors are encouraged to register now, get their training schedule in shape, and start fine tuning their air guitar skills – for this race is gonna ROCK!
For all those who are ready for some fun on the run, further information on the Rock ’n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon can be found on www.rocknrolldublin.com
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*1 Total direct economic impact calculations conducted by Competitor Group (the event organizer) in co-operation with Scott Minto, Director, San Diego State University Sports MBA Program
- Half Marathon
- Start Time: 8:30 am
- Start: North Wall Quay & Castleforbes Road
- Finish: Chesterfield Avenue, Phoenix Park
- Fun Run
- Start Time: 11:45 am
- Time Limit: 3 1/2 hours
- Start: Chesterfield Avenue, Phoenix Park
- Finish: Chesterfield Avenue, Phoenix Park
- 31 July – 1 August 2015
- Location: RDS – Serpentine Hall, Dublin
- Date: 31 July & 1 August 2015
- Expo Hours: 11am-5pm Friday & Saturday