Grace Lynch and Hiko Tonosa were on hand to launch the 2020 Great Ireland Run 10k which will take place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday April 5th, 2020.
It promises to be a special year with next year being the 20th annual running of the event.
The race was taken over from the Great Run Company in 2018 and is now staged under licence by Athletics Ireland and Dublin City Harriers.
The Great Runs that take place across the UK are sponsored by Simply Health but they do not have a presence in Ireland and so the sponsorship is available.
Vhi are already fully invested in running through its partnerships with Park Run and the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. KBC Bank stepped up for the Dublin Marathon this year after a successful run for SSE Airtricity as partner on that event.
Spar are previous partners with the Great run but the naming rights are available for the 20th running of the race and would make for an interesting play in the iconic surroundings of the Phoenix Park.
Thousands of walkers, runners and elite athletes are expected to once again turn out at one of the marque events on the athletics calendar.
Athletics Ireland took over staging of the event last year, and they are committed to seeing Great Ireland Run retain the prestige of years gone by.
“While the event attracts many elite athletes, it’s also a great starting point for anyone looking to step up to 10k for the first time,” said Daragh Browne, Athletics Ireland Marketing Manager.
“With it being the 20th edition of the race, we are delighted to offer the first 1000 participants 20% off entry to the 2020 Great Ireland Run.”
The event will also host the Athletics Ireland 10k championships, which in 2019 saw both Grace Lynch and Hiko Tonosa pick up national championship medals.
“Winning an Irish National Championships was true honour for me and I’m already looking forward to competing next year,” said Tonosa.
“The Great Ireland Run has such a prestigious history, and when you see the calibre of athletes that have taken the titles here before, you know it’s a race that you just have to try and win,” added Lynch.
“It’s always a date I pencil in the diary at the start of the season.”
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