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Run Amongst the Animals in Fota Wildlife Park this May

The fourth annual Cheetah Run 4 mile road race will take place on Thursday May 17th at 8pm in Fota Wildlife Park, Cork.

 

The unique race has a certified 4 mile route measured by IAAF starts and finishes inside Fota Wildlife Park also passes the historic Fota House and Gardens. This year's run sponsored by John Buckley Sports has a prize fund of €2,200 with entry only €10.
Speaking about the event Stephen Ryan from Fota Wildlife Park said "last year the race attracted over 700 runners which was the biggest one to date and we are expecting another big turnout year as the race is growing in popularity year on year". Entries for this year's race open on the 1st May through the Run Ireland website and it's expected to fill up fast.


John Quigley of Eagle AC believes people should register early "last year we had to close the entries for the race early due to high demand as we have an entry limit of 800 for health and safety reasons". Participants in the race can look forward to running past Cheetahs, European Bison, Penguins and Lemurs amongst other animals on the evening.


While the race is being held over closed roads, there are many hazards on the course, some unique to this distinctive track. With almost 3 miles of the course within the park, it is almost a certainty that there will be park animals and birds on the course.


There are other hazards; unique to a wildlife park setting therefore the use of headphones is prohibited. The race entry includes access to Fota Wildlife Park and all Parking Charges.


Families and people accompanying race entrants will be allowed free access to Fota Wildlife Park provided they are accompanied through the access door by an athlete in possession of a race number. Unfortunately, due to the complex nature of the race unaccompanied persons will not be admitted.

Register from 1st May at http://www.runireland.com/events/cheetah-run-1 or contact John Quigley on 087-6261178 for more information.