Harriers Look Forward To Hosting Annual Rose Of Tralee 10k

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Launching the Rose of Tralee 10k at the Town Park on Tuesday were, at back; Michelle Constable, Travane Morrison, Rosebud Sophie Constable, Martin Fitzgerald, Cillian Griffin and Una O’Mahony of Rada Sports. In front; Alan Balfe of Tralee Bay Wetlands, Louis Byrne of Spar, and Leonie Flaherty of The Ashe Hotel/Manor West Hotel. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE Tralee Harriers Rose of Tralee 10km will once again take place during the festival this year and another big crowd is expected to take part.

Organised as a fundraiser for the Tralee Harriers Athletic Club the race takes place on Sunday, August 25th. Entries are still open and selling very quickly.

The event was launched by Martin Fitzgerald Chair of the Harriers and Race Director for the event. He was joined by some of the club athletes along with some of the businesses who are continually supporting the club in all its endeavours.

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They were also joined by Tralee Harriers own little Rose Bud Sophie Constable who is supporting the South Australian Simone Hendrick Buchanan.

The proceeds raised from the race will go towards the continued development of the club’s training facilities at Dan Spring Rd.

So far the club has invested almost €600,000 through grants and loans since they took over the field, in drainage, new field and by end of September there will be 300m of running track and a full long jump area. The facility is available to all groups for training.

The Tralee Harriers Rose of Tralee 10km starts at 11am from the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre and follows the River Lee Walkway, the Tralee Canal, and back into town following Strand Rd, Rock St, Maine Street, Ashe St. and finishing in Denny St. to arousing support of the family members and locals with live entertainment, and a party atmosphere.

Details and link to entries for the event can be found on Tralee Marathon website and Tralee Harriers Annual runs Facebook page.

Tralee Harriers Chair Martin Fitzgerald said; “This is one of the biggest fundraisers that the club has and it continues to be a very popular race bringing in runners from all over, especially those connected with the festival”.

Martin thanked the sponsors and the festival for their continued support of the club, “we are in continuing development phases and the changes to the training grounds will provide a popular facility for all runners to be able to use, with track lanes for running and walking.

Martin continued; “We are very proud to have two of our top athletes here today. Travane Morrison recent gold medal winner of the Irish National Senior 100m and Cillian Griffin who won two medals for Ireland at the recent U18 Youth Nationals International, both of these athletes along with the entire club have benefitted from the laying track lanes and we expect more athletes at elite level with another 200m being laid in the coming weeks.”

The prize have been extended this year, with the usual top three Male and Female finishers, there will be the over age categories, and are also introducing First returning Rose, First Past Escort, and First Family member of 2019Rose contestant. There will be several other prizes on the day for the over’s categories and selected paraathletes. Each runner that registers will receive a commemorative T-shirt and Medal.

Paul Griffin Tralee Harriers PRO, said: “It is great event for the town the festival and for runners. The race regularly attracts up to 500 competitors, who get to see Tralee and can experience the town and the festival at its best after their morning run. We are really looking forward to the day and hope that everyone will once again enjoy taking part. We had a very successful event last year and are keeping it the same this year with bands, music along the course. We have several returning roses and escorts who will be battling it out for a commissioned glass trophy. Our refreshment stand will be well stocked and the local business have come out to in great numbers and helped us, we would be at a loss without the continued support of Tralee town”

The Tralee Harriers, Rose of Tralee 10km is proudly sponsored by The Kerry’s Eye, Byrne’s Spar & Radar Retail.

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