The Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon, was launched yesterday in Dublin by former Irish International footballer and current Off The Ball Presenter Kevin Kilbane and Olympic track star Thomas Barr.
This event returns to the streets of Dublin on Sunday the 12th of August 2018 for the sixth time. With four distances to choose from, and a tagline of offering Music, Moments, Medals and Miles, it has become a summertime tradition.
The Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon acts as Athletics Ireland’s National Half Marathon Championships for the distance, and there is also a 10K and a Family Fun Run in addition to a 5K on Saturday.
Over 53,000 participants have taken part since the inaugural event in 2013 with a record number of 15,000 taking part in 2017 across the four distances. They came from 57 different countries and the event has become a significant tourism driver for Dublin with an economic value recorded at €7.8 million and filling 22,256 bed nights in Dublin.
“We are excited to be celebrating our 6th year in Dublin. We have engaged with the strong running community of Dublin since 2013 and attracted runners from all over the world to this great city” said Stacey Campbell, Vice President of Global Events for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.
“As a strong supporter of the sporting community, we are delighted to continue the sponsorship of Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin in 2018,” added Barry Downes, CEO of Affidea.
“This event is unique in that it brings together people of all ages and fitness levels to enjoy running in a fun and entertaining environment. This year, we will have representatives from all 16 Affidea countries taking part and I am personally looking forward to beating my 2017 time.”
“Our new Affidea ExpressCare Minor Injuries and Illnesses Clinics offer the unique benefit of providing all essential services within our state-of-the-art centres, so we make the perfect match as the experts in our field, to help improve the health of our nation.”
“We are delighted that our National Half Marathon Championships will once again be part of the Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon this August,” said John Foley, CEO of Athletics Ireland.
“We look forward to working with the Rock ‘n’ Roll team again this year to help deliver another fantastic weekend of running.”
The search to find Ireland’s Rock ‘n’ Run Idol is back for the third year with four provincial winners along with a fifth Dublin winner. The five winners will become Rock ‘n’ Run finalists battling it out in a public vote to become the 2018 Rock ‘n’ Run Idol and win a VIP trip to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon in November. The competition is open to runners of all abilities. The five winners who go forward to the public vote will be selected by Kevin Kilbane; editor of Irish Runner Magazine – Frank Greally; owner of Run Logic and Running Coach Ash Senyk; and CEO of Affidea, Barry Downes.
“I’m delighted to be involved in this year’s Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon and I am really looking forward to lining up in a race that starts in the heart of Dublin and takes in so many landmarks along the route,” said Kilbane.
“I have always enjoyed running and my heroes as a kid were Eamonn Coghlan and Sonia O’Sullivan. When I retired from professional football I started to enter races of different distances to raise funds and awareness for the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA), which is close to my heart.”
Affidea Brand Ambassador Thomas Barr speaking at the launch concluded the launch saying “What is brilliant about the Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon is that it makes running fun, with live bands on the course, there is a real festival atmosphere created for participants and spectators. It’s a fantastic celebration of running and with the 5k, 10k and Family Fun it really is an event for everyone to enjoy!”
Registration for the event is now open at www.runrocknroll.com/dublin/register/
Image Credit: Marc O’Sullivan