Ireland’s longest airport landing strip will host the country’s first ever runway night-run next month when up to 1,200 runners will line up for a charity event.
Shannon’s 3.2km long runway will notch up another historic first on July 4th when the participants set off on a 5km run, a fundraiser for the Samaritans, a Shannon Airport designated charity. The event is also supported by Bank of Ireland as lead sponsors.
Lions, Irish and Munster rugby legend Keith Wood has been announced as an ambassador for the event and will lead out the runners on one of the most novel courses ever in Ireland for an organised run.
Details of the Bank of Ireland Runway Night Run were confirmed yesterday by airport Chief Executive Neil Pakey.
“There are runway runs at a small number of airports across the world every year, but this will certainly be the first ever such event at an Irish airport. As a result, and also because of the support there is for the Samaritans, we are expecting the event to be fully subscribed very quickly.
Because we have to limit this to 1,200 participants, we would urge people who want to take part to book as soon as possible,” Mr Pakey said.
“When we set out to do something for our designated charity this year, we wanted it to be in keeping with the history of creating firsts at Shannon and this event certainly does that. It will be a really novel experience for all who participate and a great, level track for people to run on,” he added.
The timing of the run, at 11pm, has been carefully planned to ensure no disruption to flights. Despite it’s busy summer schedule scheduled flights operating right up 10pm.
Bank of Ireland’s Senior Business Manager in Clare Rose Hally said: “There’s a great sense of innovation at the airport again and this event is a perfect example of it. We are all the more delighted to be involved considering that the proceeds will go to Samaritans, which provides incredible support for people who need it,” Ms Hally added.
The runners will set off from the terminal building on a triangular course that will take them out onto one of the airport taxi-ways and onto the main runway for approximately 2,500 metres before turning back towards the finish line via another taxiway.
All participants will be chip-timed and can register online at www.sportstiming.ie through the ‘events’ tab. Pre-race registration starts at 9pm while the entry fee will be €20.