According to Race Coordinator Diarmaid Murphy, ‘With the support of local icon Cork’s Senior Footfall Captain Graham Canty; we anticipate the level of registrations for Bay Run ’11 will reach significant numbers and all sponsorship moneys generated from the Bay Run ’11 will go toward the running of the Bantry Division of the Special Olympics.’
Over 1,300 runners, joggers and walkers took part in Bay Run ’10 and amongst them were many well known celebrities namely internationally renowned long distance runner Catherina McKiernan. Catherine has been the official starter of the Bantry Bay Run over the last number of years and will again commence the 13km race from Glengarriff to Bantry.
Mayor of Bantry Cllr. John Connolly said, ‘The Bay Run has been the event to kick start Summertime in Bantry in West Cork and we look forward to seeing athletes and aficionados in their droves come down to our beautiful scenic town and compete in this event as there is an enormous sense of achievement when one crosses the finish line in Bantry town centre. The official sponsors of the Bantry Bay Run ’11, the Maritime Hotel, Andrews’ Centra and many businesses in the Bantry and Glengarriff area are chipping in and offering their support which is greatly appreciated.’
Registration at www.bayrun.ie costs €50
Special Olympics Ireland is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. Special Olympics changes lives. Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in. Special Olympics Ireland enables our athletes to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.
The Bay Run ’11 is the sixth annual run to take place in Bantry in West Cork and route is 13.1 miles.
Winner of the Bay Run ’10 was Colin Merrit who wore bib number 1117.