The 7th annual Danny McDaid 15k road race-fun run in association with The Station House Hotel, will take place in Letterkenny on Sunday, August 14, and it promises to be the best event to date.
Last year up to 200 runners went to the line for the prestigious event and organisers are hoping they will yet more participants this year. The event was formally launched on Tuesday at the premises of the main sponsor, The Station House Hotel. The winner of the race last year was Ciaran Doherty in a time of 49.19.
The Danny McDaid 15k is one of the highlights of the racing calendar and attracts top runners from all over the country. However, the organisers are also hoping people will come out and jog around the course which runs from the town out around New Mills and Rashedogue before finishing back in town via Conwal.
The event is run in honour of double Olympian and LAC club stalwart, Danny McDaid who competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics for Ireland in Berlin and Melbourne.
Speaking at the launch, LAC Chairman, Gerry Davenport, said the event has been growing in popularity ever year since its inception.
“The Danny McDaid 15k carries a special aura and appeal for all runners. It is a top event on the local racing calendar but we’re also appealing to people to come out and just run the course. It is a great race and the numbers are growing every year,” he said.
“We’re delighted to have The Station House as our main sponsor for the race.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Brian Gallagher, Proprietor of The Station House Hotel said he was delighted to be involved with the event.
“Danny McDaid is a household name across the country. LAC is a great club and fosters great young talent. As a local businessman I’m always delighted to help out in any way I can.,’ he said.
The race begins at 11.30am and registration will take place in Aura Leisure Centre from 10 am. There will be a host of category prizes including top prizes for the first man and woman across the line.