School To Benefit As Born To Run Club Looks Forward To Ultra Marathon

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Tommy Horan, captain of last year’s winning relay team in the Born to Run 40 Miler, handing back the shield to Mazza O’Shea and Liam Horan.

TRALEE Born to Run Marathon Club will host it fifth 40 mile ultra marathon event on Saturday July 27 and they are looking for help with sponsors.

The event has gone from strength to strength over the past number of years attracting local runners and top class athletes from all over Ireland.

It is a not-for-profit event and all proceeds raised are donated to a charitable cause in the local community.

St Ita’s and St Joseph’s Special School in Tralee for children with mild learning disabilities has been chosen for the second year in a row as the beneficiary of this year’s event.

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The whole aim of the 40 Mile Ultramarathon and Relay event is to put on a fun event for runners and at the same time raise money for charity.

To that end, the club is looking for more sponsors to come on board and support this worthy cause. Sponsors will appear on the event merchandise, on sponsorship boards at the start/finish line and the mile markers which will be placed around the route as well as on the Born to Run 40 Mile website.

The club is also looking for anyone who would like to volunteer on the day as event or road stewards, or to help out at the start/finish line.

Those interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteering can contact Born to Run through the club’s Facebook page or any club member.

Regardless of whether they are runners or not, club members and the general public are encouraged to show their support to participants along the route on the day.

Registration is still open for the event with participants of all capabilities having the option of taking on the elite 40 mile ultramarathon or as part of a two person (20/20 miles) or a four-person relay team (12/8 miles x2).

There will be medals for all finishers and place awards for the first, second and third male and female across the finish line on the day.

The route is over a four mile looped course which takes runners from the River Lee walk by the Dan Spring Road towards Lidl and Caherwisheen going out into the countryside by Scotia’s Pillar and Tralee Rugby Club before returning to town by Ballyard. ┬áThe event sold out last year so participants are encouraged to sign up now at www.borntorun.ie/events

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