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The 4th annual Run Kildare event takes place on Sunday 12th May 2013 at The Curragh Racecourse, participants will be lining up to run a variety of distances in one of the most beautiful inland parts of the country.

Participants will walk jog or run The Lidl Run Kildare Curragh 10K, The Lidl Run Kildare Half Marathon or The Lidl Run Kildare Full Marathon. Each course will bring you around the flat landscape of the beautiful Curragh and will take you through some of the most beautiful areas in the County of Kildare.

To celebrate The Gathering Ireland 2013 we have introduced the Kildare Arts & Crafts Family Festival to the Run Kildare event this year for all runners and supporters to enjoy.

Online registration will close on Sunday 5th May 2013 or when we reach our maximum number. Go the extra mile and do not delay Register now.

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Lidl €100 Voucher Winner Announced

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Guest Posting

We are running a series of Guest Blogs leading up to this years event.

The idea behind it is to give people a more objective view of the 3 Race Series by some of the people who participate.

The first victim sorry Blogger is the wonderful Teena Gates

Checking in at a tiny 5ft” and a massive 23 stone, 98FM Head of News, Teena Gates, was walking with a stick and staring death in the face when a doctor’s grim diagnosis shocked her into a decision that would change her life.   A little more than a year later she had lost half her body weight and trekked to Everest Base camp and beyond, to climb to the summit Island Peak in Eastern Nepal, topping out with a technical climb to 20,305ft.  In doing so she proved to herself that you can tackle apparently insurmountable challenges – and even in these difficult economic times – find yourself somewhat stunned by your own success and sitting close to the top of the world.  Teena’s first book ‘One Foot in Front of the Other’ is the story of discovering that you are ill, realising that you can change your life and grabbing at health and joy against all the odds.  This Autumn on Setanta Sports, she presents “Get Off The Couch’ – a new six-part series by Athena Media that takes six people who avoid exercise and shows them how rewarding outdoor activities can be.

Her article “Get Off The Couch and Run Kildare….” can be found HERE.

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Mayor of Kildare Launches Kildare Marathon Charity Three Race Event

Mayor of Kildare Launches Kildare Marathon Charity Three Race Event

Michael “Spike” Nolan, Mayor of Kildare with Dr Eddie Murphy from Operation Transformation and Irish Olympic Marathon Runner Mark Kenneally, launched the Run Kildare three race event on Friday last.

To be held at the Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare on Sunday 12th May 2013.

Speaking at the Launch of the Kildare Marathon, Run Kildare three race event in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co Kildare, Race Director Jo Cawley outlined the growth of the Run Kildare event from 1,500 entrants in 2010 to a projected 5000 this year. She stated “Our mission is to provide professional and memorable running events for both elite and recreational runners.” adding “We also strive to offer inspiration for young Irish athletes and build continuous support for our three chosen charities, The Marie Keating Foundation, Special Olympics Ireland and The Society of St Vincent de Paul.” She went on to say “We have already had 430 confirmed entries since our web site went live in Mid-October, well on the way to our target of 5000 runners taking to the roads in and around the Curragh Plains of Kildare for either the 10K, Half or Full Marathon.” Jo also wanted people to know that, as 2013 is the year of The Gathering Ireland, the Run Kildare Event is hoping to attract over 150 runners from overseas saying “This year’s event will include a special Arts & Crafts Family Festival, incorporating everything that is great about the County of Kildare.”

Michael “Spike” Nolan, Mayor of Kildare, officially declared the event open by saying, “We must acknowledge the behind the scenes work that goes on with an event like this – without the vision and dedication of people within the county like Jo, these events just wouldn’t happen.”

Dr Eddie Murphy is a Clinical Psychologist and keen runner who appears in RTE’s popular health and fitness show Operation Transformation. He has participated in the Run Kildare event for the past three years and is starting his training for the 2013 event. Giving, as he called it, ‘A Punters Perspective’, Dr Eddie said “I like this event because there is a focus on family and fun – even though there are official feeding stations, families are standing at their gates with wine gums and oranges cut up into pieces for you.” He went on to say “I stepped up to a Full Marathon having done the Run Kildare Half Marathon and from an Operation Transformation point of view where there is a totally non-competitive 5K run, jog or walk, the Run Kildare event offers the perfect timing for people to step up to a 10k distance and still have a fun event and achieve their goals .Then, within the same event, the next year they can step up to a half marathon and then to a Full.”

Irish Olympic Marathon runner Mark Kenneally started by saying “I have two great reasons to be here today, first of all I’m here on behalf of the Marie Keating Foundation, I think it’s great to see charities being helped by this event and the second reason is that I’m a Kildare man myself, from Celbridge. It’s fantastic to see the young people of the county being supported and hopefully we will see them keep running and looking at getting to the Olympics in the future.” He concluded “I’m a Physio as well as a runner and I know about this event from different people coming in to me and have heard only good things about it.”


Also present at the launch was Mary Keane, Rural Development Manager from the Co. Kildare Leader Partnership. Having worked alongside Race Director Jo Cawley for the past year preparing submissions for The Gathering she said “It’s a great opportunity to bring people into the County, to bring international visitors in too; we are on the doorstep of Dublin, so look how easy it is to get into Kildare.” She added “Although we are at the latter end of our funding, I would hope that we will find an opportunity to support this event in some – I would be absolutely delighted to do that.”


Marianne Rowan, Regional Fundraising Coordinator for Special Olympics Leinster commented “We are delighted to be involved with Run Kildare for the 4th year in a row. The race has gone from strength to strength each year and has raised a huge amount for the 3 very worthy charities involved. We hope this year will be as successful and would encourage people to register and take on the challenge of a 10k, half marathon or full marathon, while raising funds for a worthwhile cause.”

The Run Kildare event relies heavily on sponsorship contributions to ensure the event goes ahead each year and positive contributions are made to the 3 chosen charities.  Jo Cawley the Race Director for the event says “We are delighted with the support we receive from our sponsors every year, The Curragh Racecourse, PR Social Media Services and The Kildare Sports Partnership have confirmed their support for 2013, and Lidl Ireland are continuing to support our 2013 event by providing water and a packed lunch to each participant.

Caitriona McCarry from Lidl says “We are delighted to come on board again with Run Kildare 2013. It is proving to be an increasingly popular event and we have no doubt that there will be increased numbers interested in taking part in Run Kildare this year. We would like to take this opportunity to wish the organising committee every success with the event and look forward to seeing all participants at the finish line to collect their Lidl goody bag.”

Unable to attend the launch Teena Gates, Author, Broadcaster & Head of News at 98FM had earlier commented “What a beautiful run, heading out across the plains of Kildare where thoroughbreds normally hog the turf. Last year it was me shaking my mane in the wind & 2013 will see me back for more. Run, run like the wind gals. Run Kildare.”


Linda Keating from The Marie Keating foundation was also present at the launch and said “The Marie Keating Foundation are delighted to be chosen as one of the charities again this year for Run Kildare.  Money raised will go towards supporting our vital services that we provide to the people of Ireland free of charge, as we work towards a world free from the fear of cancer.”

“The Kildare Marathon is a really important source of funds for the SVP. We continue to need as much help and donations as possible as we are receiving an increasing number of calls for help.  The public continue to be extremely generous but our resources are being stretched as many donors are themselves feeling the pressure of dwindling incomes and increasing costs.”

To enter the Run Kildare 10k, Half or Full Marathon go to and then to the Register page.  Participants can enter online or download an entry form and post it to the address provided.  Until the end of January, the 10k is €25 to enter, the Run Kildare Half Marathon is €43 and the Run Kildare Full Marathon is €55.  Every finisher will receive a technical T-shirt, finisher’s medal, a generous goody bag and chip timed results. With the added extra of music, entertainment and the Arts and Crafts festival, it is also a great day out for the entire family!

For more information visit the FAQs page on  or email the team at


Photos: Click here to view Run Kildare Launch Photos  (Photo Credits – Paul A Kay 0876979436)

Photo Descriptions: Click here to view Run Kildare Launch Photos Descriptions

Sound Bites: Dr Eddie & Mark Kenneally (1m 55s)    Anthony Lawlor TD (32s)


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Supported Charities

The following are our supported Charities:



Special Olympics Ireland changes lives. It’s about fun, friendships and team spirit, it’s about a feeling of belonging, and it’s about working together. Special Olympics Ireland is first and foremost 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 in so many different ways. Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in – Special Olympics enables them to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.


Following their mother Marie’s death in 1998 each member of the Keating family promised that they would do everything they could to bring an end to breast cancer.  They committed to provide all women and their families with the necessary information to prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest stages. Their collective aim was to “enlighten not frighten”. The Marie Keating Foundation is the realisation of a family’s dedication – it is a promise to themselves in action.  Through three mobile information units the Foundation’s dedicated nurses have enlightened almost 105,000 people of the causes and risk factors of breast and other cancers.  “Men Keeping Fit” is now a successful annual campaign and has significantly raised awareness among men of testicular and prostate cancer. The Foundation is committed to raising awareness among young people in schools of cancer and its prevention.  The Foundation provides its services free of charge.


Society of St Vincent de Paul invites you to run the Kildare Marathon for us and help make a difference to people experiencing real poverty and hardship in your area.  You can set up your own online sponsorship page on our website and raise funds safely and easily without having to carry around bags of change!  Simply visit and click on Run a Fundraiser and the rest is easy.  You can choose where you want your fundraised cash to go – for example if you are living in or near Kildare you can run for your local SVP in your area.  If you would like a sponsorship card sent out to you by post, just email with your name and address. Thank you for supporting SVP!

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Operation Transformation

We are delighted to announce that Doctor Eddie from Operation Transformation will be running the Kildare marathon in the Curragh on Sunday 12th May 2013.

Welcome aboard Doctor Eddie.


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New Associate Sponsor – AES Waste Management

We are delighted to announce that AES Waste Management have come on board as an Associate Sponsor, they will be a great help in the cleaning operation on the 13th May.

AES Waste Management (established in 2001, a subsidiary company of Bord na Móna plc since 2007) is Irelands’ leading provider of Waste Management services. As part of the Bord na Móna group of companies we are committed to delivering innovative, environmentally responsible waste management solutions to key business sectors in Ireland.

Their service offer is built on their People, from their Collection Vehicle Drivers and Assistants to their Account Management Representatives to their Call Centre staff, their focus is the customer and delivering on the Customer Promise.

Waste materials are managed through a network of Waste Transfer Centres where recoverable wastes are mechanically separated and recovered, Composting Facilities where organic or biodegradable wastes are treated and Engineered Landfill where residual wastes are safely stored.

They serve over 95,000 homes across Leinster and North Munster, including a growing business in Dublin.

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