Run Like an Olympian This Summer on Sunday, August 7
DUBLIN, IRELAND – February 5, 2016 – For the first time, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon will include a new 10 kilometer distance in 2016. Event weekend will take place August 5-7, featuring a half-marathon, 10K and 3 kilometer Fun Run distances.
“The new 10K distance is a great step for those just starting on their running journey,” said Rob Griffiths, race director. “There is no better way to experience one of Europe’s capital cities than a 10 kilometer or 13.1 mile running tour and as a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event, runners can expect a weekend full of live entertainment and fun activities in Dublin.”
The Dublin event is part of the international Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, infusing the course with live bands, cheering fans, and a post race concert. Participants and spectators can celebrate at the free finish line festival with a live headliner to be announced at a later date.
The 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon will culminate in a fun-filled, festival of running with the 10K race addition along with the prolific half marathon. Both races will start together at 8:30 am in the Dublin’s Docklands area and finish in the Phoenix Park. To entertain runners and keep spirits up, there will be live entertainment from top music acts stationed along the course. A 3K Family Fun Run will take place in the afternoon beginning in Phoenix Park that perfect for young feet, old feet and tired feet alike. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons are famous for their medals. Runners participating in two races on Sunday will walk away with two shiny medals to show off.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon is also launching a search to find Ireland’s first Rock ‘n’ Run Idol 2016. The nationwide competition, exclusively for Irish residents, is calling on aspiring runners and those who simply want to get their feet moving a little faster to share their stories of perseverance, motivation and what inspired them to lace up their trainers and hit the pavement. The winner of this competition will be whisked off on a VIP trip to take part in Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas on November 10th -13th, 2016, a prize worth more than €5,000.
This year Ireland celebrates the Irish Easter Rising Centennial which took place in the heart of Dublin. In April, the country will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the insurrection that eventually led to the Irish War for Independence in which Northern Ireland won the right to become a free state. The course takes runners past Kilmainham Gaol, the prison where the rebel leaders were imprisoned and executed in celebration of the monumental year for Ireland.
Like the city itself, the Dublin Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon feels small and cozy giving runners a scenic tour of the historic city. The race begins in the heart of Dublin at the Docklands and runs along the River Liffey. After crossing over Memorial Bridge, runners will pass the famous Ha’Penny Bridge, Christ Church Cathedral, and Brazen Head Pub (Ireland’s oldest pub). At the Guinness Brewery, the course veers away from the river. Few races can match Dublin’s finish, the last five miles winding around and through 176,000-acre Phoenix Park, one of the largest walled city parks in Europe. The finish line celebration will take place inside the walls of the park with great entertainment, food and music for all attending.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon
The 4th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon will return on 7 August 2016. This race serves as the Irish national Half Marathon Championships. The event will feature the best of local talent with live bands entertaining participants along the course. The race starts in the heart of Dublin at the Docklands, runs along the River Liffey, travelling past many of the city’s historic landmarks, and finishing in the scenic Phoenix Park.
The Dublin race is part of an international series of entertainment themed marathons and half-marathons, infusing the race course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations. For more information about Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon or to register for the event, visit RunRocknRoll.com/Dublin or follow @RnRDublinHalf on Twitter.