Thousands set to take to the Phoenix Park for the annual Remembrance Run 5k
This year's Remembrance Run 5K, supported by Silver Stream Healthcare, takes place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, November 12th at 10am.
REMEMBRANCE RUN TIMETABLE
- 08:00 Registration and Tee Shirt Collection Area Opens
- 08:30: Live Music & Choirs Begin
- 09:30 Individual Warm up
- 09:45 Assemble in allocated Assembly Zones
- 09:50 Mass Warm-Up
- 09:55 Address by Frank Greally / Minute Silence
- 10:00 First Wave Runners/ Joggers Start
- 10:02 Second Wave Start – Joggers/Walkers Start
- 10:04 Third Wave Start – Walkers / Buggies Start
Frank Greally, who twelve years ago, in association with Athletics Ireland, founded the Remembrance Run 5K, believes that we all have a primal need/wish to be remembered - even in some small way.
"The idea for the Remembrance Run 5K came to me in 2012 when I returned home from covering the London Olympics," Frank Greally said.
"Before I left for the Olympics I visited my dear friend, the legendary sports journalist Con Houlihan in St James's Hospital. I knew that day that we would not be meeting again in this mortal world. Con knew that too. 'I'm on the last slope,' Con said. 'You'll get along without me - but maybe not as well,' he said, with a wry smile, by way of a final farewell.
"Con used to say that 'The Last Time' are probably the three most poignant words in any language. We often talked late into the night about sport and literature and the great athletes, musicians, singers and writers. Con used to say that we all have a primal need or wish to be fondly remembered by family and friends. ‘It goes right back to when people made their marks on the walls of caves,’ he said.
"I was leaving my hotel in London the day Con died on August 4th, 2012, and I was in company with the late Brendan Mooney of the Irish Examiner. We were in a hurry to get to the Olympic Stadium, but when Brendan heard the news of Con's passing, he said to me: "There's something more important now than the Olympics. The Olympics can wait. Let us pause now for an hour, order a pot of tea and share a few memories of our departed friend Con Houlihan."
"I'm always glad that we did that and when I returned from the Olympic Games I decided with my employer, Athletics Ireland, to organise an event in Con's memory - a unique event that would offer comfort and some healing to people experiencing grief and loss for loved ones, family and friends passed. I also wanted to make the Remembrance Run 5K a hopeful and uplifting event when participants would celebrate the memory of loved ones passed and also share gratitude for their own gift of days and good health."
If you would like to share a special memory of a loved one; family or friend - or add some names to our online Remembrance Wall - please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Any surplus left after organisational and administration costs for the event will go towards supporting The Daily Mile - a 15 minutes a day walk or run program is promoted by Athletics Ireland in Primary Schools all over Ireland.
ABOUT REMEMBRANCE RUN
The unique and hugely popular Walk or Run event takes place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, November 12th. This year will mark the 12th edition of this special event which see’s thousands of people come together on Remembrance Sunday.
This year’s Remembrance Run, which is supported by Silver Stream Healthcare, will see people come together and ‘fondly remember’ all those who we have lost. This special event includes a morning of Choirs, Music, Song, Commentary, and a Special Wall of Remembrance.
If you would like to share a special memory of a loved one or add some names to our online Remembrance Wall, you can do so by emailing: email@example.com.
Any proceeds made from this event go towards supporting The Daily Mile Ireland which encourages children to stay active and healthy by engaging in 15 minutes of exercise during the school day.
Further information and updates relating to the event can be found at remembrancerun.ie.