2015 event generated €4.9 million in economic impact over race weekend
DUBLIN, Ireland – November 17, 2015 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon opened registration today for the 2016 race, taking place on Sunday, August 7th. The race also reported that the 2015 event weekend generated a total economic impact of over €4.9 million for the local economy, according to a study conducted by American-based San Diego State University.
More than 7,500 registered participants from 48 countries took part in the 3rd annual event this year. Forty-eight percent of participants travelled from outside of Ireland including 1,600 runners from Great Britain and 1,100 participants from the United States. Females made up more than half of the participant field.
The average length of stay for spectators in commercial lodging was 3.37 nights. Therefore, visiting spectators for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon produced 5,979 bed-nights. At an average nightly rate of €118.63, this amounted to over €700,000 in accommodation spending.
Rob Griffiths, Race Director said “This year’s race was a great success and took place for the first time on a Sunday instead of Bank Holiday Monday. Runners from around the world enjoyed non-stop entertainment over race weekend, while soaking in all that Dublin City has to offer. We’re thrilled to come back for year four in 2016 and will once again bring a memorable, world-class event to Ireland’s most visited destination. Our event is continuing to grow and we’ll be announcing new additions to the race weekend experience in the coming months.”
The 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon is known for lining the course with fanfare and live entertainment. The half-marathon starts at 8:30 am at Dublin’s Docklands area, running along the north side of the Liffey River and offers a scenic tour of Dublin’s city centre, passing many famous landmarks including Ha’Penny bridge, Christ Church Cathedral, Brazen Head Pub (Ireland’s oldest pub), James Joyce Museum, and the Guinness Brewery. The 3K Family Fun Run starts in Phoenix Park at 11:45 am, allowing participants to run both distances if desired. Both races conclude in Phoenix Park with a finish line festival and headline concert.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon
The 4th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon will return on Sunday, August 7, 2015. The event will feature the best of local talent with live bands entertaining participants along the scenic 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, which revolutionized the running industry in 1998 by infusing the race course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations. Over the 18-year history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, charity partners have raised nearly $310 million US through the events for a variety of worthy causes. For more information about Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon or to register for the event, visit rocknrolldublin.com or follow @RnRDublinHalf on Twitter.