Regeneron Great Limerick Run 2023 Marathon pictured above passing through University of Limerick. Picture: Krzysztof Piotr Luszczki/ilovelimerick
Up to 14,000 people are expected to register for the 2023 Regeneron Great Limerick Run, the largest amount ever to take part in the event
The 2023 version of the single biggest mass participation event outside of Dublin was launched by Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Francis Foley, who said that everything suggests the organisers and sponsors are set to take the run to another level across the next decade.
Speaking at the launch at the Limerick Strand Hotel, Mayor Francis Foley said the Regeneron Great Limerick Run has become more than a race:
“The Regeneron Great Limerick Run is an incredible success story for the City. The event continues to bring thousands of people to the county, raising so much money for charity all the while signaling the start of the summer, not just in Limerick but nationally.
The Limerick Mayor said Limerick’s people were “looking forward to welcoming all those runners and walkers back to the banks of the Shannon”.
“Whether this is your first run or walk, or you are moving from the 6 Mile to the half or full marathon,” he said, continuing, “the people of Limerick thank you for your contribution to this event and for raising the much-needed monies for charity. Before you even get to the start line, you are a winner in our eyes.”
Niall O’Leary, Senior Vice President, Site Head at Regeneron Ireland said Regeneron is “honoured to once again be the main sponsor of the fastest growing participatory sporting event outside of Dublin, the Regeneron Great Limerick Run”.
The Senior vice president noted the event appeals to participants of all levels, competitive athletes to casual runners and walkers. He said, “The event captures the spirit of inclusivity, attracting participants and spectators from all sectors of the community.
“The atmosphere on the day always reflects a great sense of exhilaration, as people cross the finish line to celebrate achieving a personal goal. We are extremely proud to support such a unique event.’’
As well as being the largest mass participatory event outside of Dublin, the Regeneron Great Limerick Run is designated as an annual ‘Tier One’ event in the Mid-West region, and since its inaugural event in 2010, it has helped raise more than €4.2 million for various charities while simultaneously contributing €31.5 million to local and regional business.
Dr. Pat Daly, Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council said, “Limerick is known as a festive city and the May Bank Holiday weekend, with the Regeneron Great Limerick Run and Riverfest sees a fantastic level of festivity and fun unleashed throughout the city.”
Following a two-year absence due to Covid-19, Dr. Pat Daly says “The 2022 RGLR was a great success” and the city was “alive with runners and supporters”.
“There’s an opportunity and obligation to continue to grow the Great Limerick Run and make it a special event and we intend to make it very much that. We really can’t wait,” he concluded.