I honestly couldn't give a fcuk - Riverfest, the Great Limerick run, or <insert catchy name here> - truth is theres people sleeping rough in tonights storm, our schools are prefabs and our hospitals are overflowing into corridors as a matter of daily routine - If ye feel its still justified to keep presenting large handouts to business people on a giddy whim to run frivilous events in Limerick then who am I to disagree?
- I promise you this though, Limerick won't be any better for this the day before or the day after and the organisers will I'm sure spend their tidy profit + windfall grant aid somewhere more safe and more pleasant than poor unfortunate, chronically mismanaged Limwreck
Course, Limerick will be better for the run, hotels will be busier, shops, restaurants and pubs will be busier, people who've been training for it will be a bit healthier, runners who've come from outside Limerick will get a different perspective on our city, etc. Maybe a few of the athletic clubs will even pick up new members, maybe the annual Christmas day run for charity will get a few new runners, all the intangible benefits an event like this can bring.
Afaik they'll aim to have upwards of 8,000 people running across the 3 events. 8,000 people who felt the entry fee was worth paying, 8,000 people who want this run to happen, I hope they outnumber the moaners.