Early entries double for KBC Asset Management St. Patrick’s 5k Festival Road Race.

With time ticking away to the start of the KBC Asset Management St. Patrick’s 5k Festival Road Race, Eamonn Coghlan, race director, tells us that postal and early e-mail entries are currently running at double the level of last year. With the bulk of on-line bookings and on-the-day registrations still to come, the signs are that 2010 will be a record year.

The event – from which a portion of the entry fee goes to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital – will take place in Dublin on Sunday, 14th March, beginning at 12.00 noon from the Mansion House where it will be officially started by the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Emer Costello.

Hosted by Metropolitan Harriers & St. Brigid’s Athletic Club in association with Dublin City Council, this is the fifth year of the event, which is being held as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival Week and the first city street race in a year when Dublin celebrates its status as European Capital of Sport. Open to elite athletes and fun runners alike, it is hoped that some 5,000 runners will take part.

Thanks to race sponsor, KBC Asset Management, a generous prize fund has been set aside which includes a first prize of EUR1,000 for both senior men and women winners with prizes of EUR500, EUR250 and EUR100 going to 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers in both categories. Souvenir T-shirts and ‘goodie bags’ will be given to the first 2,000 entries received.

KBC Asset Management chief executive Sean Hawkshaw said ‘we are delighted with the indications that this sporting occasion is growing in popularity year on year. We look forward to seeing a mixture of families and runners on the day, when we expect to have a record number of participants’.

Registration can be made on-line at www.patricksrun.com or by post to Mary Friel, Hon. Secretary, MSB5K, Unit 2, Coolport, Coolmine Business Park, Dublin 15. An entry fee of EUR15 applies to all entries received before March 8th. Late entries will also be taken up to 11.00hrs on the day for a fee of EUR20 with a reduced rate of EUR35 for families.

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