Upwards of 700 people are expected for Naas runs

Routes: There are 10K and 5K events arranged

Paul O'Meara

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Mark and Ann Dempsey and Niamh Arthur.

Mark and Ann Dempsey and Niamh Arthur at last year's Run

Upwards of 700 runners are again expected to participate in the Naas Town 10K and 5K running event on Setpember 30 at 2pm.

The run has become a fixture on the calendar and been staged on successive years since 2014.Most of the participants are expected to take part in the 10K run and the smaller circuit is aimed at families.

Both runs will start and finish at Naas GAA centre, which is the base for the event and among the the locations the runners will see are the canal, the road through Millennium Park, the town centre and the Sallins Road.

To date some €19,500 has been raised for the Johnstown-based Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, which provides funding for the families of young children who suffer severe severe intellectual and physical developmental delay, for them to purchase home respite care. The run is sponsored by Kerry Group, Life Credit Union, Centra Hazelmere and The Elms in Punchestown.

“We try to ensure that the day is attractive to as many age groups as possible and to runners of all abilities. The sponsorship attracts some of the top runners and their presence gives the event some status, but it is essentially a community event,”said organiser Brendan Loughlin, who founded Brendan’s Running Club in Naas.

Strewarding will be provided by Naas GAA Club and Naas Cycling Club and The Crossings motor centre will provide a lead car.

There is a total prize fund of €1,000 prize money for the 10K and the Jam Music company will award a Fender acoustic guitar for the best photograph taken on the day

Last year some 500 took part in the longer race the 10km and 250 participated in the %K event. “It’s been growing from strength to strength. The cost of staging it is about €10,000 so the sponsorship is vital to allous to stage it, put up decent prizes to attract the big names, and contribute to charity,” added Brendan.

Everybody goes home with shirt or a medal.

The Naas event has been voted among the top five 10K runs for the last two years by a sports website. www.popupraces.ie