Following on from the success of last month’s SSE Airtricity Frank Duffy 10 Mile, the final event in the Dublin Race Series, the Dublin Half Marathon will take place this Saturday the 19thSeptember in the Phoenix Park with just over 8560 runners, joggers and walkers registered.
The Dublin Half Marathon provides the perfect build up to the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon in October and attracts runners of all levels. This year, additional pacers will be provided on the route to help all of the runners to achieve their desired times. They include: 1.30, 1.40, 1.50, 2.00, 2.10, 2.20 and 2.30.
In the elite field, Eoin Callaghan, Michael McDiarmada and Gary O’Hanlon will be challenging Barry Minnock for the men’s title. In addition to this Team Dublin Marathon who are being trained by Maria McCambridge and Gary Crossan will also be taking part in the event as they edge closer to competing in the 26.2 miles in October.
Commenting on this year’s Race Jim Aughney, race director for the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon said “The Half Marathon is always an important fixture in our calendar; it means we are coming to the end of the Race Series, but are getting even closer to the main event, the 2015 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon in October. The Race Series has been fantastic this year with some new course records and an increase in the number of participants but most of all the support has been fantastic for our runners.”
Aughney added, “We’re excited about the Half Marathon this year because for the first time in the history of the race, our participants will also receive a specially designed medal at the finish line.”
Race organisers are reminding entrants that there will be road closures in place from early morning in the Phoenix Park so entrants are being advised to allow additional time to get thereahead of the race start at 10am sharp. A shuttle bus will also operate from Frank Sherwin Bridge 8.30-9.30 and will return after the race. For the Half Marathon, the route will stay the same as last year with the addition of a bike park for the participants at all of the races.
The next event in the Dublin calendar will be the 2015 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon which will take place on the 26th October, with the closing date for applications being the 1st October. Organisers are reminding interested runners to sign up early to avoid disappointment.
For more information or to register for any of the events, visit the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon website at www.sseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie and check out our regular updates on Facebook/DublinMarathon or @dublinmarathon