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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Dublin Half Marathon: Over 8,500 runners expected at the Phoenix Park for race

Following on from the success of last month's SSE Airtricity Frank Duffy 10 Mile, the final event in the Dublin Race Series, the Dublin Half Marathon will take place this Saturday in the Phoenix Park with just over 8,560 runners, joggers and walkers registered.

The Dublin Half Marathon provides the perfect build up to the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon in October and attracts runners of all levels. This year, additional pacers will be provided on the route to help all of the runners to achieve their desired times. They include: 1.30, 1.40, 1.50, 2.00, 2.10, 2.20 and 2.30.

In the elite field, Eoin Callaghan, Michael McDiarmada and Gary O'Hanlon will be challenging Barry Minnock for the men's title. In addition to this Team Dublin Marathon who are being trained by Maria McCambridge and Gary Crossan will also be taking part in the event as they edge closer to competing in the 26.2 miles in October.

Commenting on this year's Race Jim Aughney, race director for the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon said: "We're excited about the Half Marathon this year because for the first time in the history of the race, our participants will also receive a specially designed medal at the finish line."

A shuttle bus will also operate from Frank Sherwin Bridge 8.30-9.30am and will return after the race which starts at 10am sharp in the Phoenix Park.

The closing date for applications to the Dublin Marathon is October 1. Visit the website at www.sseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie to enter.

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