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PHOTOS – Ray D’Arcy 5K 2014

OVER 1,000 people are set to join radio presenter Ray D’Arcy in Limerick for a 5km run among five locations around the country for the Ray D’Arcy 5K 2014. In all, over 6,000 people are expected to lace up their runners for the fourth annual lunchtime run, in association with SPAR and Athletics Ireland.

The runs will take place in Letterkenny, Athlone, Limerick, Cork and Dublin’s Phoenix Park between September 15 and 19. The Limerick race will take place from the Limerick Strand Hotel at 1pm on Wednesday, September 17, and the cost of entry is €5.

The idea is to get first time runners off the couch to take on the 5k challenge.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s Join SPAR and Ray for 5K series, Ray D’Arcy of Today FM said; “When we began these events four years ago I hoped to get a lot of people turned on to running, with the hope that it might be the start of something new for them – a new and healthy lifestyle that they will embrace for the rest of their lives.”


Anne Gallagher, SPAR Marketing Manager said; “We are delighted to return for a fourth year of the Join SPAR and Ray for 5K series. Since beginning this initiative four years ago, over 20,000 people have taken up the 5k challenge. At SPAR we’ve been successfully promoting leisure running in Ireland over the past number of years through our support for events including the SPAR Great Ireland Run and the Join SPAR and Ray for 5k initiative.  For us it’s a really meaningful approach to sponsorship as more people aim to get out and get healthy.”

The Join SPAR and Ray for 5K events are being organised by Athletics Ireland in association with local athletics clubs. Speaking at the launch event John Holian, Athletics Ireland said; “It is great that Letterkenny, Athlone, Limerick, Cork and Dublin’s Phoenix Park have been chosen as this year’s locations. Athletics Ireland together with our regional athletics clubs are delighted to work with SPAR and The Ray D’Arcy Show in organising this fantastic race series. We’d like to encourage people to sign up for what promise to be enjoyable events and to fly the flag for their counties.”

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Photos by Caleb Purcell for 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.