Enterprise Rent-A-Car Named as Official Car Partner for the 40th KBC Dublin Marathon

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland, part of Enterprise Holdings, the world’s largest car rental company, has once again been named as the Official Car Partner of the KBC Dublin Marathon for the sixth consecutive year as the iconic event celebrates its 40th year.

The KBC Dublin Marathon is the fifth largest city marathon in Europe and is considered one of the leading marathons on a global scale, showcasing Dublin at its very best to an international audience.

A team of Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees will assist event organisers by providing a total of 40 vehicles for use during the marathon on Sunday 27th October. These include 12 hybrid lead pace cars to guide the runners around the 26-mile course, as well as six safety vehicles to transfer any casualties to the Medical Team facility, six stationary timing vehicles and 16 logistics vans.

The Enterprise team is also participating in a voluntary capacity with staff member, David Hudson, entering his 22nd year as a member of the Dublin Marathon Committee and joining the 1,485 stewards overseeing the event.

“We are extremely proud to be involved with the KBC Dublin Marathon again this year as the event celebrates its 40th anniversary.  For this iconic year, our involvement once again goes beyond the provision of vehicles and personnel as a number of our staff and business partners are running the marathon itself.” said George O’Connor, Managing Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland.

JP Denker, Head of Insurance and Replacement Division at Enterprise Rent-A-Car stated: “We are delighted to have a number of Enterprise staff members taking part in this year’s 40th marathon in Dublin. It’s a brilliant event that is hugely beneficial to Dublin and we are proud to fly the flag for Enterprise Rent-A-Car”.

At the announcement, Jim Aughney, Race Director, KBC Dublin Marathon said: “It’s great to have Enterprise Rent-A-Car on board for the sixth year in a row. We are delighted they will be with us to celebrate our 40th anniversary and the biggest number of registered runners since we started.  It is through the sustained commitment of loyal partners like Enterprise that we have been able to build the KBC Dublin Marathon to what it is today.  We thank George and his team again for their support in ensuring the delivery of a world class event.”

Established in 1980, with a field of just 2,100 runners, the Dublin Marathon has grown year on year to become one of the key international city marathon events as it plays host to some of the biggest names in marathon running. For this year’s 40th anniversary event, the KBC Dublin Marathon will see the number of participants rise to 22,500 runners, the highest number since the inaugural event back in 1980.

Ishka Irish Spring Water the Official Water Partner to KBC Dublin Marathon


Irish owned firm confirms deal to support Dublin Race Series and the KBC Dublin Marathon
Pictured with Mary Hickey Nolan are Jim Aughney, race organiser, KBC Bank Dublin Marathon, Mike Sutton, Director, Ishka Irish Spring Water.
Guaranteed Irish producer, Ishka Irish Spring Water, has been announced as the Official Water Partner of both the KBC Dublin Marathon and the Dublin Race Series.
The KBC Dublin Marathon takes place this year on Sunday October 27th, and among those taking to the starting line once again is Mary Hickey Nolan. Mary has the proud distinction of being the only woman to have taken part every year to date and was on hand to announce Ishka Irish Spring Water as the event’s Official Water Partner.

Guaranteed Irish producer, Ishka Irish Spring Water, has been announced as the Official Water Partner of both the KBC Dublin Marathon and the Dublin Race Series.

The KBC Dublin Marathon takes place this year on Sunday October 27th, and among those taking to the starting line once again is Mary Hickey Nolan. Mary has the proud distinction of being the only woman to have taken part every year to date and was on hand to announce Ishka Irish Spring Water as the event’s Official Water Partner.
Director of Ishka Irish Spring Water, Mike Sutton says: “We are very proud to be associated with the KBC Dublin Marathon in this, its 40th year and support runners with their hydration during all Dublin Marathon race events. Our company prides itself on quality and we are happy to assure each of the runners that they will benefit from the purest Irish spring water at 20 water stations, all along the 26 mile route. To everyone taking part in the marathon in October, good luck and remember to stay hydrated!”
Ishka Irish Spring Water was confirmed early this year as Official Water Partner of Athletics Ireland and the Morton Games International Athletics.
Ishka Irish Spring Water rises from protected, natural springs in Ballyneety in County Limerick, where it is naturally filtered through the local bedrock. The water is bottled at source, untouched by human hand in a state of the art facility, the biggest of its kind in Ireland. The company is second generation, 100% Irish owned and will celebrate its 40th birthday next year.
Director of Ishka Irish Spring Water Denis Sutton added: “All our bottles are 100% recyclable and made from recycled plastics and we will be working closely with marathon organisers and Dublin City Council to ensure all used bottles will be collected and recycled, to reduce the impact on the environment.”
On the day of the Dublin Marathon alone, over 22,000 runners will;
  • Drink an estimated 77,000 litres of Ishka water

  • Requiring 308,000 bottles of Ishka Irish spring water
  • Ishka water will be distributed by a team of 380 volunteers

Every bottle used during the course of the race will be collected  and fully recycled.

Jim Aughney, race organiser of the KBC Dublin Marathon says; “We’re delighted to have Ishka on board. This top quality Irish product matches our beliefs and the strategy behind the marathon, and long may it continue. Ishka’s sports cap bottle is ideal for our runners when hydration is such a vital priority.”
The KBC Dublin Marathon will begin from Merrion Square at 0845 on October 27th next. Full details are available at http://kbcdublinmarathon.ie

Get KBC Dublin Marathon Race ready – Running Injury Prevention talk

Speakers; Ben Doyle, head physiotherapist at Platinum Pilates and founder Milena Jaksic will be offering advice and tips to stay injury free while running.

When: 19th September in the KBC Hub on College Green. Refreshments served at 6pm and talk is 6.30 to7.30pm.

RSVP:  This is a free event you just need to register at collegegreenhub@kbc.ie

Breege Connolly secures second win of the KBC Dublin Race Series

Breege Connolly secured her second win of the KBC Race Series today, crossing the line in the Frank Duffy 10 Mile at the Phoenix Park in 58:30. The City of Derry Spartans athlete also won the South Dublin 10k in July. Second place, Gemma Rankin of Scotland was over a minute behind with 59:55 with Star of Luane AC’s Niamh Clifford third with 1:02.21.  Connolly said after the race: “I am delighted with the win.  I would have liked to have gone quicker, but I found the second half of the course very hard going. I started a training block three weeks ago working towards running the Dublin Marathon in October, so I hope to get fitter and stronger each week.”

In the men’s field, Yared Derese crossed the line in 49.06, the fastest winning time in seven years. The Carrick Aces AC man has been in good form of late having also recently won the National Half Marathon. Derese said: “I am pleased and excited to have secured another win.  My decision today was to break away from the field early as I know Mick is a strong guy, and I think this tactic worked for me.”  Mick Clohisey of Raheny AC finished second in 49.36. Swansea’s Josh Griffith third in 50.11.

Over 5,200 runners lined up in the Phoenix Park in warm, humid conditions to take on the classic 10 Mile distance.  Next in the series is the KBC Dublin Half Marathon will take place on Saturday 21 September. The sold-out 2019 Dublin Marathon, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with KBC, has a record entry of 22,500 will take place on Sunday 27 October.

Top Fields set for the Frank Duffy 10 Mile, KBC Dublin Race Series.

The Frank Duffy 10 Mile will take place on Saturday 24 August as part of the KBC Dublin Race Series 2019. There are over 5,200 competitors set to the line-up. This year the race returns to its Phoenix Park roots. There is a top field set to line up in both the men’s and women’s field, with bonuses on offer for any race series record broken as well as time bonuses.

In the men’s field, Mick Clohisey who finished second in the South Dublin 10K, part of the KBC Dublin Race Series is set to compete. The Raheny AC man also recently finished second in the National Half Marathon. Joining him will be his club mate Mark Kirwan and Clonliffe club rival Mark Kenneally who placed fourth in the South Dublin 10K.  Also, in the mix will be Josh Griffiths of Swansea, and Yared Derese; Carrick Aces Athletic Club, who won the National Half in 1:04:58.

In the women’s field Olympian, Breege Connolly who won the South Dublin 10K will be up against Gemma Rankin of Scotland.  Rankin placed third in that race behind Connolly and was the 2015 winner of the Frank Duffy 10 Mile. Linda Byrne of DSD and Fiona Stack and Leanne Butler are also set to race.

Following the Frank Duffy 10 Mile, the KBC Dublin Half Marathon will take place on Saturday 21 September. The sold-out 2019 Dublin Marathon, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with KBC, has a record entry of 22,500. The runners will take to the start-line on Sunday 27 October.

Jim Aughney Race Director said: “We are looking forward to seeing all the runners line up in the second of the KBC Race Series. We are also committed to making continued steps towards improved sustainability.  We are delighted that this year we will be using refill tumblers which are collected after the race and re-used after steam-cleaning reducing single-use plastics. ”

Aidan Power, Director of Customer, Brand and Marketing from KBC, said: “The KBC Race Series plays an invaluable training role in the lead up to the KBC Dublin Marathon and with less than 10 weeks before marathon day, we’d like to wish all the competitors running the Frank Duffy 10-mile race the very best of luck.

“As sponsors, we want to celebrate all those whose lives are touched by the marathon – not just runners – which is why we launched our #RunThisTown campaign, encouraging the thousands of individuals who make the marathon possible to share their marathon stories online using the hashtag.”

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