The Cook Medical Womens Mini Marathon 2016 was a raging success as over an outstanding 2,700 participants put on their running shoes on Sunday, October 30.
A wide variety of participants took part in the marathon, from fitness fanatics, charitable participants and men in quirky drag with most of these raising money for deserving charities around Limerick.
The marathon, which is in its thirteenth consecutive year honors the late Gemma Carcaterra, a highly talented runner and mother of three who sadly passed away suddenly in February of this year.
Among the hundreds taking part, Gemma’s husband, Colm Clarke ran in memory of her along with other friends and family.
Colm took part in the 10km race, dressed in a bright blue wig and wearing a resplendent pink dress with the support from his three beautiful triplets, Ava, Coen and Riona.
Participants young and old swarmed the start line at the University of Limerick Campus on the sunny, crisp morning to take part in the 5km or 10km course.
In an impressive 36 minutes, UL sports and exercise science graduate, Grace Lynch became the new Women’s Mini-Marathon champion, followed by renowned athlete Orla Drumm, Kanturk native, Carol Finn, and Sydney 2000 Olympian, Rosemary Ryan.
Grace Lynch, who was delighted with her accomplishment, is definitely steering on the right track as she intends to go to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Hundreds of people ran for numerous charities, including the Mid-West Rape Crisis Centre, Limerick Marine Search & Rescue, in memory of Becky MacAuley and to support cancer services for children, Honouring Aaron, Grow Ireland, Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin, and the Irish Children’s Arthritis Network.
Find out more about the Cook Medical Womens Mini Marathon 2016 here.
Read more about the deeply missed Gemma Carcaterra here.
Check out this year’s marathons official sponsors, Cook Medical here.
Photo credit: Sophie Goodwin / I Love Limerick.