Last year my friend B. proposed that we run a destination race together, along with her sister-in-law J.
B. and J. are both totally fun and super cool, so my immediate response was “yes!”
Except that I didn’t quite imagine that the race would be here:
This is Dublin, folks. As in Ireland.
B. suggested the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin half-marathon, which is scheduled for August 2nd, 2015.
As I’ve mentioned before, I love running destination races and the best way to see a city is on foot.
Here’s a description of the course from the event website:
Starting in Dublin’s Docklands area, running along the north side of the Liffey River, runners are in for a treat as they pass all of the fan favorites! After crossing over Memorial Bridge onto the south side, the route passes the famous Ha’Penny bridge (cue the photo opps!), Christ Church Cathedral, Brazen Head Pub (Ireland’s oldest pub), James Joyce Museum, and of course, no tour of Dublin would be complete without… the Guinness Brewery. Although, the smell of hops and barley will be fleeting, as runners continue on past the Royal Hospital and Kilmainham Gaol into Phoenix Park, one of the largest walled city parks in Europe. It’s there that the journey turns scenic as the route winds its way through the lush park, taking in the Wellington Monument, the Papal Cross, the President’s House (Áras an Uachtaráin) and the famous Dublin Zoo, finishing with a rockin’ concert in the park!
I’ve never been to Ireland so this is going to be a huge adventure.
I’m hoping to kick my training up a notch and have a great race.
And I’m already starting to get excited.
P.S. If you’ve done this race or visited Ireland before, please send me tips!