#LiveableLimerick with Limerick City and County Council will run a series of charity ‘Christmas Dashes’ through the city’s main thoroughfare this Sunday, November 18.
O’Connell Street will be closed to traffic for the day which helps accommodate the participants from noon on a running track of some 100m on the street itself
The events will be fully open to the public in a way of demonstrating the streets of Limerick can play host not just to cars, but to fun participatory inclusive events.
The Christmas Dashes will take place from noon in the run-up to the Light Up Limerick celebration, which officially marks the beginning of the Christmas period in Limerick City.
John Moran, Chair of #LiveableLimerick commented, “At #liveablelimerick we strongly believe that our public realm which includes our streets too belongs to all. It should and can host more varied and fun events which the public will actively support.
“This was demonstrated last year for the lighting up ceremony and by the success of our own StreetFeast over the summer on Catherine Street. Now is the time to come out yet again to continue to change minds about new roles our streets can play in our rapidly evolving city.”
A nominal entry fee of €2 is requested with all proceeds of the fun runs split between two homeless services, Novas and the Peter McVerry Trust, both of whom have offices on O’Connell Street.
“Only with everyone’s participation do we earn the right to demand even more each year. As an added bonus, your participation will generate much-needed funds for two great organisations working hard especially this Christmas period.”
As diversity and inclusion are core values of #liveablelimerick’s vision for the city, a wide range of races and participants are planned, including a parent and toddler race, races for our young children and our young at heart seniors, a Mr & Mrs Claus race, a wheelchair dash and a Christmas jumper sack race for students of Limerick’s second and third level schools and colleges .
Registration will take place from 11am on the day at Novas offices, 87 O’Connell Street. As there are limited places for the events it is recommended participants arrive early.