Marathon with a difference: The Rock n’ Roll Run

When you’re running a marathon, you probably need a push to help you cross the finish line. And folks in Dublin have figured out what that push is-good ol’ rock n’ roll. The inaugural Rock and Roll Dublin Half Marathon, which is 13 miles long (about 21 kilometers), had the 6,500 participating runners enjoy live music all along the marathon course.


The marathon took place yesterday on Monday.


The runners got to enjoy a mix of alternative, classic rock, punk, funk, blues and jazz.At the finish line, the live band was playing Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’. The runners certainly appreciated the music. The winner, long distance champion Mark Christie, said, “It was very different but fun and enjoyable. Some parts of the course are quite isolated so when the next thing you know a band is playing -it’s great entertainment.”
Some runners ran in full costume, such as Oonagh Morrissy , Darren Hughes and Andy Ryan, who wore KISS inspired wigs an makeup and carried inflatable guitars. One of the runners, Deidre Keena, said the music was a great motivator, a sentiment echoed by many participants.


“It was really good, it definitely helped. I remember going through the Phoenix Park with a band singing Metallica’s ‘Whiskey in the Jar’, it really worked to perk you up every mile. You were more aware there was another mile done, I was looking at my watch less.”
Maybe we should try this at home! Thoughts?

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