Frank Greally was on hand to launch the 2019 Remembrance Run 5k– the unique and hugely popular Walk or Run event that takes place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, November 10th.
This will be the eight annual Remembrance Run 5k which last year attracted a record number of over 5,000 entrants. It is an event with its own special atmosphere that includes Choirs, Music, Song, Commentary, and a Special Wall of Remembrance. Participants also receive a Special Souvenir Candle, as well as an event Goodie Bag.
Frank Greally, who in association with Athletics Ireland in 2012, founded the Remembrance Run 5k, said: “It was the passing of the legendary sports writer Con Houlihan that inspired me to set up this this special event in association with Athletics Ireland. Con was a dear friend and mentor and his columns on sport and literature in the Evening Press earned him a huge following over many years.
And it was Fr Brian D’Arcy who inspired me to write the Remembrance Run song when I heard him say at another great friend’s funeral, the late and famous RTE sports broadcaster, Jimmy Magee: ‘As long as Jimmy is remembered, he will never die.’ See a verse of the song.”
Remember in November
Remember me when in deep November
The days close in- the leaves are falling free
I hope you pause and smile when you remember
Then walk or run a few miles of the road with me
Among the many guests in attendance at today’s Remembrance Run launch was the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paul McAuliffe.
The Lord Mayor said, “Remembrance Run is a really unique event, and offers us the chance to pause, and remember family and friends who have passed. I would encourage everyone to go along to the Phoenix Park on November 10th and experience the special atmosphere that only an event like this can create”.
Athletics Ireland CEO, Hamish Adams took part in the 2018 event and is already looking forward to what promises to be another great day in the Phoenix Park. He said, “Remembrance Run is an event that all of us in Athletics Ireland look forward to each year. It’s a day about remembering those that we’ve lost. We’re delighted that once again, we will have a special Wall of Remembrance erected at the race finish on Furze Road in the Phoenix Park. Every year, this wall is filled to capacity with signatures and messages, and there is something very special about people coming together to remember close family and friends in this special way.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Further information and updates relating to the event can be found at remembrancerun.ie .