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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Run like the wind without the hassle

Bryan Keane and Sinead Price of Focus Ireland try out the Dublin Tunnel ahead of the Underground Run on March 26. Pic: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Bryan Keane and Sinead Price of Focus Ireland try out the Dublin Tunnel ahead of the Underground Run on March 26. Pic: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Dublin Tunnel will host a 10k Underground Run on Sunday, March 26 at 9.30am, marking the 10th anniversary of its opening. The event is a collaboration between Focus Ireland, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), Egis, Dublin City Council, Dublin Port Company and Elite Event management to raise €150,000 for Focus Ireland's work to combat and prevent homelessness.

Apart from contributing to a good cause, there is at least one other good reason to take part. Everywhere in Ireland gets wind and it can be the bane of runners throughout the country. There are multiple reasons why running in the wind creates such a tough experience.

However, you won't have any of those issues at the Underground Run in the Dublin Tunnel. The Dublin Tunnel is Ireland's longest tunnel (4.5k) - lots of people know that. It's also Ireland's longest wind-tunnel. Not as many people know that!

The Dublin Tunnel has 16 jet fans that run the Tunnel's ventilation system and are capable of changing the air within minutes.

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On race day, the Dublin Tunnel will close at 5.30am. All traffic and people will be removed from both bores of the tunnel. Then, all 16 of those jet fans in will be turned right up to push all the stale air out and get some quality sea air flowing through the bores. Each one of these fans are powered by large aircraft jet engines, which create quite the noise.

Before the race, the fans will be turned right down. Quietness will be restored. Then, as the race starts, the music will be turned up and the lasers will light the way. At least one fan in each tunnel will be left on to provide continuous airflow and cooling air for our participants from the start of the run to the end. The airflow will be with the runners throughout as they make their way north, exit the bore, turn, enter the next bore and then make their way south.

No wet Atlantic rain, no snow from the north and no nasty headwinds! You'll be protected and entertained underground as you breeze through the Dublin Tunnel on March 26 .

As the tunnel is 4.5km long, competitors will be exposed to the elements for approximately 1 km of the 10km race.

Enter online at www.undergroundruns.com

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