Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Just another site Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:55:45 +0000 hourly 1 Race Day Photo Gallery! Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:53:56 +0000 rnrlauren 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon – Race Day Photo Gallery!

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Scott Overall crosses the line 4/8/2014

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The Irish Times – Get Running Blogger #3 Sun, 03 Aug 2014 09:28:36 +0000 rnrlauren running man490x270

The Irish Times – Get Running Blogger #3

“What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the days gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate.”  I have no doubt that Monday’s Half Marathon will push my body to the limit but I’m going to try and relax and enjoy every moment.  The training plan has been far from perfect, sometimes life gets in the way of the best laid plans but I’ll be there lining up on Monday morning with every step forward being a step closer to the finish.

There are some words that stop you in your tracks and cancer is one of them.  My father was diagnosed with that dreaded disease a few weeks ago and life became a whirlwind of visits to the UK where he is based and instead of studying running route I was analysing medical reports.  Running was always on my mind, I even carried my trusted running book with me but the flipflops stayed on and the runners remained catching dust.  I even considered pulling out of the run but my friend who is doing it also sent me words of inspiration along the lines of “sure it will be a bit of craic” and that’s exactly what it will be.  I went out for a short run last night to get the legs moving again and will do another one of Saturday – then the goal is to run from Band to Band and tick off those miles one by one.  It won’t be pretty but there is a medal to get and a goal in sight and we will make it together.  There might even be more walking than running but I’m not trying to break any records.  I asked Gerry Duffy when he was doing an online Q&A what is a good time for a first half marathon and his reply was whatever you do it’s a Personal Best for you.  What a great answer and once I cross that finish line not only will I have a medal but my own personal best too.

There is still time to sign up so come along to the RDS on Saturday or Sunday and you too could be rocking your way around Dublin on Monday morning.  Let’s Rock Dublin together :)

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McCandless Forecasts Success For Dublin—And Beyond Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:18:11 +0000 rnrlauren
2014 Peachtree 10k Road RaceTyler McCandless had a breakthrough at the Peachtree Road Race on July 4, finishing eighth. Photo:

The 27-year-old is targeting several races leading up to the 2016 Olympic marathon.

Even though he’s got an Irish last name, Boulder, Colo. resident Tyler McCandless doesn’t think it will be luck that gets him across the finish line at the second edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon on Aug. 4.

The 27-year-old former Penn State University standout happens to be one of the fastest Americans currently running on the roads. McCandless said he has undergone a “major breakthrough” with his running after finishing eighth at the Peachtree Road Race (a 10K) on July 4. Before that, he had just started marathon training under former marathon world record holder Steve Jones and said he enjoys the simplicity of Jones’ routine, which entails the same training on the same days and logging up to 105 miles weekly.

“I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life because of it,” McCandless said. “Running for ‘Jonesey’ is great. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s simple. McCandless credits this routine for staying injury-free, saying he has “not missed a day of training since last October.”

McCandless has a Ph.D. in meteorology, and said he’s used to being around numbers and focusing on analytical research. The simplicity of his training, however, allows him to focus on his workouts.

“I don’t have to worry about wearing a Garmin or running specific splits with it on my wrist; I just have to grind out miles and run hard, and I like it,” he said. “It just takes me back to pure running, which is what I’m doing each and every day.”

RELATED: 6 Ways To Simplify Your Training With Steve Jones

In a few weeks, McCandless will toe the line in the Irish capital and doesn’t mince words about his goals there.

“I want to win it,” he said of the race. Time-wise, McCandless would like to run faster than 65 minutes. “If I can run that fast while I’m doing marathon training then that’s great.”

McCandless thinks the half marathon is his best event and said he still has work to do at the 26.2-mile distance. But he also loves Competitor Group’s Half Marathon Grand Prix.

“I’m really happy that Tracy Sundlin and Matt Turnbull and others at Competitor brought back the prize money structure for Americans,” McCandless said. “I want to support that. I feel that they are doing a big thing for the sport and so we should get behind it. I’m honored to be one of the elites that’s vying for the championship.”

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin race is also a bonus for McCandless in that Jones will be there to cheer him on. Jones lives in Boulder but grew up in Wales and ran for the United Kingdom. He will be in Glasgow, Scotland for the Commonwealth Games a week before the Dublin race to supervise British distance runner Susan Partridge as she competes in the marathon. McCandless has never been to Ireland before and has only made it to Europe once, when he flew to Italy to compete, but ended up getting sick during that trip.

The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are just two years away and McCandless hopes that taking part in the half marathon in Dublin as well as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia in September will pave the way for him making the U.S. team. He said these races will help him prepare for the culminating event this fall, the Oct. 5 Twin Cities Marathon—a race that serves as the U.S. Championships for that distance.

RELATED: 5 Questions With Tyler McCandless

“I want to compete to try and win it,” he said. “That race is a stepping stone to the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. This year was about learning to race, and next year will be about honing things. I would be really honored to make the American team at the World Championships or the Pan American Games.”

Still, McCandless is realistic about things and said he’s found inspiration in Meb Keflezighi, who won the Boston Marathon this year at the age of 38.

“I know from Meb that I will still have another Olympic cycle if it doesn’t work out for me in 2016,” McCandless said. “When I talk about my goals, I usually focus on eight months, but my coach tells me to not think about eight months, but instead what I will be doing in eight years. That keeps me enjoying things. I enjoy racing and I enjoy training.”

McCandless said he hopes the Irish music and the large crowds will be loud on Aug. 4. “There are very few things that fire me up more than those things,” he said. “I don’t listen to much music when I’m running, but having music on the course itself is always an inspiration. It gets you fired up.”


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Overall Targets Fast Times In Dublin Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:09:23 +0000 rnrlauren 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon

Scott Overall wants to lower his Berlin Marathon time from 2011. Photo:

The British runner wants to break his marathon personal best of 2:10 he ran three years ago.

British runner Scott Overall doesn’t mince words when he talks about his running plans. The 31-year-old ran an impressive 2:10 marathon back in 2011, but says that he wants to do better.

On Aug. 4, Overall will run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. He said his coach, Alan Storey, feels like the Dublin race is a good fit for his training program, which is a buildup to the Berlin Marathon in September.

Overall currently lives in Sutton, England, but he was a student-athlete at Butler University in Indiana. He said he especially enjoys the Rock ‘n’ Roll series races. Last year, Overall took part in his first Rock ‘n’ Roll race, the New Orleans Half Marathon. “There were bands on the course and that was quite cool,” he said. “Having them there makes it a bit different from your standard half marathon. Those can be quite boring with nothing to look at or listen to.”

Dublin is a bit of an enigma for Overall. He’s never raced there before and he has yet to know how fast he will go out once the starting gun sounds. His personal best for the half is 1:01:25.

“I don’t have a specific target in mind for Dublin,” Overall said. “It’s kind of up to my coach, really. But I don’t think it will be a PB. I just want to have a competitive race.”

Overall added that he doesn’t expect to know what his race-day plan in Dublin will be until a week or so before the race.

But regardless of time, Overall contends that Dublin is a stepping-stone for him on the way to figuring out the marathon. “Berlin is the target,” he said.

RELATED: McCandless Forecasts Success For Dublin—And Beyond

The past few marathons haven’t actually been kind to the British runner. At this year’s edition of the London Marathon in April, Overall clocked a 2:19:55.

“That’s running for you, often you don’t get the rewards you might deserve and it’s painful when it goes wrong,” he blogged after that race. “I will keep picking myself up from these races and try and take some positives from the race. I will continue to train, and hopefully before the year is out I will be writing a more positive blog about a marathon PB—it is a long time coming.”

Overall hopes that the time for redemption is in Berlin this fall.

“My PB dates back to 2011,” he said. “I’ve changed coaches since then. I just need to get a decent marathon under my belt, so anything under 2:10 would be great.”

Overall used to be coached by Indiana-based Robert Chapman and has only run one marathon under the guidance of Storey, who lives in the U.K.

“I needed a change and it’s great that Alan is located here with me,” Overall said. “I get to see him a bit more.”

Overall said Storey focuses a lot more on his heart rate during training and gives him more miles than he’s ever run that prescribe him achieving specific heart rate zones.

It’s hard to get Overall to talk about what’s in store for him after 2014.

RELATED: Christie, Lee Win Inaugural Dublin Half

“It depends how that race goes,” he said with a chuckle. “I could maybe retire after it.” He said his training has always gone well, but that racing has been a challenge. “After my PB in 2011, I sort of jumped from marathon to marathon without thinking too much about it. I was so desperate to run another good marathon. I felt—and I still feel—that I could run quicker than my 2:10.”

In Overall’s opinion, what’s been missing since his banner performance was speed workouts. “I came from a track background, and before I ran my 2:10, I was doing a lot of races on the track. That’s always been what’s worked well for me. But after Berlin, I sort of lost all levels of speed that I had.”

Overall is now hoping to right those wrongs. He said he’s been focusing on getting into peak 5K and 10K shape this time around.

To Overall, there is still unfinished business in the marathon.

“I don’t want to leave it where my best time was my first-ever race,” he admits. “My long-term goal is to make the Olympics in 2016. I want to run a decent race in Rio—better than what I did in London [he finished 61st in the 2012 Olympic Marathon].”

He will, therefore, take his serious approach to Dublin, but he still looks forward to hearing the music there.

“Can I make a request for songs?” he joked. “If so, I’d like to hear some songs by The Killers, that would be cool to hear them along the course.”


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Timex Runner Tracking Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:19:24 +0000 rnrlauren tracking-490x2801

Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon Partners with Timex Ironman Tracker

New application allows competitors to share their race day progress with supporters


The Timex® IRONMAN® Tracker will give competitors a unique running experience by allowing them to share their race day progress with supporters. The tracker enables runners to submit target finishing times and race day goals, and share them with Facebook friends before and during the race.  In addition, race day updates will be posted on the runner’s Facebook page and race supporters will have the ability to track the runner’s progress in real-time. 


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Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Family Fun RUN Announced! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:13:57 +0000 rnrlauren DUB_14_Fun_Run_Marquee490x270


Shorter Distance, Same Amount of Fun!

New addition to this year Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin, we are launching a 3km/1.5 mile run called the Fun RUN!

We invite each and everyone to participate! 

Event at a Glance

  • Race Date: Monday 4 August, 2014
  • Fun Run Start Time: 11:45am
  • Start Line: Chesterfield Avenue, Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
  • Finish Line: Chesterfield Avenue, Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
  • Course Information: See ‘Course Map’
  • Packet Pick Up: Race Day- opens at 9:45am at the Fun Run Packet Pick Up tent in Phoenix Park

How to Register

  • Only 100 spots left! Registration opens at 9:45am at the Fun Run Packet Pick Up tent in Phoenix Park

FunRUN Registration Fees*

Adults and Children above 12 yrs old:

  • €10 (until 30 June)
  • €12 July 1 – July 27
  • €15  Expo   (if applicable)

Children 12 yrs old or under:

  • €7 (until 30 June)
  • €9 July 1 – July 27
  • €12  Expo   (if applicable)

Family 4-Pack:

  • €30 (until online registration closes)

Included in your fun run registration:

  • Race Number
  • Zagg Gift
  • Finisher’s medal

* Fun run participants don’t get a participant tee

Race Highlights

• Shorter distance, same amount of fun! Get your friends and family involved in a rockin’ 1.5 mile / 3k Fun Run after the 1/2 marathon.

• Finishers medal for all!

• Half Marathoners- Earn double the bling and participate in this Fun Run as a perfect cool down!

• Fun Run Race Numbers can be picked up at the expo or on race day!

Supported by:

Coca-Cola 120X120

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Show Your Bib! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:22:38 +0000 rnrlauren Show your bib 490x270

Show your bib to all participating Dublin Businesses to get runner perks & discounts

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Food and Drinks Deals


The Church Cafe Bar – Restaurant/Nightclub

Address: Junction of Mary St & Jervis St, Dublin 1, Ireland


20% off food on race day

Gin Palace – Bar

Address: Abbey street, Dublin 1.


• Wings and a pint for €10
• Salad and a glass of wine for €10
• €5 cocktail

Kehoes – Pub

Address: South Anne Street, Dublin 2


• Tweet your #RnRDublinHalf selfie @kehoes using #kehoes and buy Kehoes heritage pub t-shirt and get the second one for free.
• Tasting trays €11 (Guinness, Smithwicks pale ale, Smithwicks and a Bushmills whiskey)

Stag Head Pub – Pub

Address: 1 Dame Court, Dublin 2, Ireland


• 10% off food

Bewley’s Hotels – Hotel

Offer available in the hotels listed below:


• 10% off food

Morrison Grill – Restaurant/Hotel

Address:Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1


• 20% off Food and Beverage in Morrison Grill.

The Morgan Bar – Hotel + Bar

Address: 10-12 Fleet Street, Dublin 2, Ireland


• Chicken Caesar salad for €9 and receive a free juice/soft drink

• Burger and pint deal for €12

• Group Bookings for Race Day 

• “Rock & Roll cooler” Morgan cocktail

Yamamori – Restaurant

Offer available in the hotels listed below:

  • Sushi - 38/39 Lower Ormond Quay Dublin 1
  • Noodles - 71/72 South Great George’s Street Dublin 2  


• Complimentary Protein Shake and a side of Lentil and Tofu Side Salad, when with any Bento or Main Course.

Crowbar – Restaurant

Address: Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland


•  Crowbar:
 - Ltd edition ‘Runners High Cocktail’ 2 for 1 at €8
3 Btls SOL €10

• Staple Food & Drink @ Crowbar:
 - Any salad and any juice €10

Insomnia – Café

Address: All around Dublin City


• Show your Race Bib on August 4th in store to receive 50% discount on all hot beverages.

Tapas Trail – Tour/Food

Address: Once you have booked your tour, and have paid, we email you with the time and meeting place details. Each tour is unique, we keep the venues secret and change the meeting points to suit. 

Book your tour online @


  • 20% discount code:  Rock N Tapas – valid until Aug 31st

The Marker Hotel – Hotel + Restaurant

Address: Grand Canal Square Docklands, Dublin 2, Ireland.


• Complimentary Bellini for all advance bookings for the Sunday before the race at ‘Le Drunch’. Le Drunch is The Marker’s late lunch which runs every Sunday from 2pm – 5pm, with a live DJ and scrumptious menu!*

      * When booking, reference to the show your bib promotion.

Hard Rock Cafe – Restaurant

Address: 12 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland.


• 10% off food and retail 

Bang Restaurant – Restaurant

Address: 11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, Ireland.


• 2 courses for €25


Hotel Deals

Check out our hotel deals here.


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Local Attraction Deals

The National Wax Museum Plus – Museum

Address: Foster Place, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


• 2 for 1 admission

The Little Museum of Dublin – Museum

Address: 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Offer: Free Entry


Retail Deal

Elvery Sports

Address: Nationwide


• 15% of Brooks products, if you bring a friend who also purchases a Brooks product, you will both 

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Visit Dublin Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:01:43 +0000 Shauna Buffington We can’t wait for you to Rock Dublin with us soon! 





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Derval O’Rourke is backing Special Olympics in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:20:59 +0000 Shauna Buffington  

Special Olympics Photocall with Derval O’Rourke                                 

 Derval O’Rourke is backing Special Olympics in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

 Irish former sprint hurdles athlete encourages participants to run for a cause;

Special Olympics Ireland CEO Matt English to participate at Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin


Dublin, July 24th


Newly retired athletics champ Derval O’Rourke hasn’t been resting on her laurels since hanging up her running spikes earlier this summer. Instead the iconic sprint hurdler has thrown her weight behind Special Olympics Ireland’s bid to get people running in next month’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon.


As the official charity partner, of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday, August 4th, Special Olympics Ireland will receive a direct cash donation for every single entrant. This money will be used to support athletes heading to Belgium this September to compete at the Special Olympics European Games 2014. In all, 46 Irish athletes will travel to Antwerp as part of Team Ireland to participate in sports such as athletics, football, gymnastics and aquatics. To cover the cost of sending Team Ireland to Belgium, Special Olympics Ireland must fundraise €75,000.


Speaking at a photo-call to promote Special Olympics’ involvement with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Derval said: “I know what it takes to compete at a European level and each of the 46 Special Olympics Ireland athletes representing this country deserves our support and backing when they travel to Belgium in September. Signing up to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in aid of Special Olympics is a great way for the public to support some of Ireland’s most inspirational athletes and I would encourage people to get involved.”


Cork native, O’Rourke, a former World Champion and one of Ireland’s greatest ever athletes, was joined at the photo-shoot by three Special Olympics athletes who will be flying the Irish tri-colour at the European Games. Gymnast Haile Harton from Malahide United Special Olympics Club, Co Dublin; table-tennis player Carrie Doyle, who is a member of Blackrock Flyers Special Olympics Club in Dublin, and swimmer, Lorraine 

Whelan, from Blue Dolphin’s Special Olympics Club in Wicklow Town, will all travel to Belgium with ambitions of taking home a medal.


Also present was Special Olympics Ireland CEO, Matt English, who has signed up to run the half-marathon. Mr English said the organisation is “delighted” to be partnered with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. “I would encourage as many people as possible to sign-up before the registration closing date this coming Sunday (July 27TH) and by doing so help support our amazing athletes who will go to Belgium with dreams of representing their club, town, and county to the best of their ability.”


Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon, which saw 6,500 entrants last summer, features live local bands performing at every mile along the course. This year the headline act is the Frank and Walter’s supported by indie-rock act, Fight Like Apes. 





Special Olympics Photocall with Derval O’Rourke

Special Olympics Photocall with Derval O’Rourke

Special Olympics Photocall with Derval O’Rourke

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Free ZAGG Goodie to All Participants! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:34:39 +0000 Danielle Mendoza Zagg490x275 copy



Register Now to get your Free ZAGG Goodie!


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Participants of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon & Fun Run are in for an extra treat with the announcement that mobile accessory company ZAGG have partnered up with the event. ZAGG, whose products include mobile phone and tablet cases, keyboards and audio accessories, will be gifting rockers and rollers will a free mobile accessory in their race packs. 

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