1,000 Limerick people run 5k with Ray

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Ray D'Arcy leads 1,000 people in a run/walk from O'Callaghan Strand, around the city in aid of Rape Crisis.
Ray D'Arcy leads 1,000 people  in a run/walk from O'Callaghan Strand, around the city  in aid of Rape Crisis.
Ray D’Arcy leads 1,000 people in a run/walk from O’Callaghan Strand, around the city in aid of Rape Crisis.

SOME 1,000 Limerick people joined Today FM broadcaster Ray D’Arcy for this year’s ‘Run with Ray’ five-kilometre challenge in the city centre today, September 17.

It was the second time that Limerick has hosted the run, which is organised by Today FM and the AAI Athletics Association of Ireland; events also take place in Letterkenny, Athlone, Cork and Dublin this week.

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The Limerick event was managed in conjunction with two local running clubs – Emerald AC and Dooneen AC.

The aim of the 5k is to increase participation of both men and women in running and to encourage people to exercise, even for a short period at lunchtime.

The running clubs in Limerick worked hard over the last number of months to promote the race and offered ‘couch to 5k’ training in the People’s Park three times weekly.

Their work paid off as more than 1,000 runners took part in the Limerick event.

The runners and walkers set off from O’Callaghan Strand at lunchtime alongside Ray D’Arcy, who was on hand to meet and greet participants both before and after the run.

More than 20,000 people have taken up the 5k challenge since the initiative began four years ago.