Students from Colaiste Chiarain in Croom, Castletroy College, Salesians Secondary School in Pallaskenry, and Colaiste Mhichíl in Sexton Street will take part in the challenge along with thousands of other school children throughout the world. Participating Irish schools will also be competing for the John Treacy Perpetual Cup where all schools who beat his time of 1984 Olympic Marathon time of 2:09:56 will be eligible.
Commenting on the upcoming marathon challenge, Phelim Macken, Co-ordinator, County Limerick Local Sports Partnership stated: “Each schools team consists of 30 children both boys and girls aged between 11 and 13 who will endeavour to complete the full marathon distance by running relay legs of 200 metres each. Time and distance updates are submitted online so each team can view their progress and see how they are performing against other teams at other venues around the world.”
“This event will be held on the University of Limerick Arena Athletics Track on Tuesday next (16 October) from 10:30am onwards, with the race start time being 11am. To assist these schools in the challenge four local sports personalities are being recruited to run the first leg for each team,” he added.
According to Elaine O Connor Limerick City Sports Partnership: