Some 4,000 people took part in this year’s first Very Pink Run in Dublin today.
Taking place in Leopardstown, Co Dublin, the Very Pink Run is held every year to raise funds for research into metastatic breast cancer.
4,000 people gathered in pink clothing for the 5km or 10km run, and it is estimated by organisers that €500,000 was raised for Breast Cancer Ireland.
Great morning at Zuiderpark today. The Embassy was delighted to assist with bringing the #verypinkrun in aid of @BreastCancerIre to The Hague 🇳🇱 Congrats to Rachel Levins for organising and thanks to @parkrun for facilitating 🇮🇪🥇🏃 pic.twitter.com/s0L2auteaP
— Embassy of Ireland in The Netherlands (@IrelandinNL) September 30, 2023
Today’s Pink Run was one of three major events for Breast Cancer Ireland taking place until next Sunday.
Kilkenny’s Very Pink Run will meet at Castle Park tomorrow, October 1st, while the Cork Pink Run will meet next Sunday, October 8th, at Munster Technological University, Bishopstown.
Speaking to Down to Business with Bobby Kerr ahead of the run, TV Presenter Lorraine Keane said everyone was “so caught up in the atmosphere”, despite the rain.
“I know we’re Irish and we’re used to the rain and we kind of expect it, but it’s not making any difference to the buzz and excitement,” she said.
“I was here last year, and it was lashing, and there was thunder the year before, so at least today it’s mild – and a bit of rain won’t put us off for such a good cause."
Breast Cancer Ireland also encourages people to do the run in their own time across the country and raise money.
It also encourages people to register for the 2023 Dublin Marathon taking place on October 29th.
The Pink Run is Breast Cancer Ireland’s single largest funding event every year, having raised €6 million since 2011.
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