Tracton Road Race An Inviting Prospect
Tracton AC's inaugural four-mile race looks set to attract many runners to Minane Bridge on Friday, July 15th, for the 8pm start.
While the race gets underway from Kiely's Cross, the Tracton Arts and Community Centre acts as the HQ for the event, providing parking, registration, changing facilities and refreshments.
Club chairperson Norma Collins said, 'We are very excited about it. It's great to bring back something that was here before.'
'In organising the event, Norma added, 'We go to many races around the country, and it's great to be able to give something back to the athletic community.' Described by the club as a fast course, particularly in the second half of the race, it could provide many athletes with the opportunity to set a seasonal best.
Indeed, there could be a competitive element as the entrant’s battle it out for the prizes.
For those keener on setting a leisurely pace, the course, with its scenic views, is an attractive bonus for what should be an enjoyable race.
Registration for the chipped race is now open online at: www.myrunresults.com/events/tracton_ac_4_mile/4469/details, with a €15 fee.
Registration will also be available on the evening of the race for €20, with registration from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
With the club eyeing the prospect of making the race an annual event, Tracton AC is expected to mobilise its extensive membership to ensure its success.
Former club chairman Billy O'Mahony from Pet Essentials in Carrigaline has thrown his weight behind the initiative as the race's primary sponsor, but the club is also grateful for the local support it has received too.
The race is seen as a natural progression for a club that continues on incremental progress since it rebooted itself in 2012, helped by the input of club coach Ian Dorgan.
With over 200 members in its ranks, club chairperson Norma Collins said, 'Unlike other clubs, Tracton AC's numbers actually grew during the recent lockdowns,' with the juvenile club also going from strength to strength.
Now the club is taking another step on that journey as its four-mile road race promises to be one of the highlights of the road race calendar.