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Sonia O’Sullivan Launches 2013 Cheetah Run


The very popular cheetah run described by Chairman of Eagle AC John Quigley as “a race organised by runners for runners” takes place this year on Thursday May 16th at 8pm. The unique race gives people the rare chance to run past Cheetahs, European Bison, Penguins and Lemurs amongst other animals on the evening.

Former World Champion and Olympic Silver medallist Sonia O’Sullivan got a taste of the race last week when she ran 3 laps of the park with members of Eagle AC. Sonia is envious of the people who will run in this year’s race saying “I’ve heard so much about the race and hopefully I will be home some year when it is on, I really enjoyed running around the route today and I can see why it has become so popular”. 

The race has a certified 4 mile route measured by IAAF starting and finishing inside Fota Wildlife Park it also passes the historic Fota House and Gardens. This year’s run sponsored by Laya Healthcare and John Buckley Sports has a prize fund of €2,200 with entry only €12.

Speaking about the event Stephen Ryan from Fota Wildlife Park said “last year the race sold out in 36 hours and we are expecting it to possibly go even faster this year as the race is growing in popularity year on year”. Entries for this year’s race open on the 2nd May through the Precision Timing website and it’s expected to fill up fast.

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.

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.

The race sold out in less than 3 hours on May 2nd