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Dublin, Tuesday 4th February 2020
Olympian Fionnuala McCormack was today announced as ambassador for the Kia Race Series 2020. Now in its third year, the series is organised by Ireland’s leading event race management company, Pop Up Races and includes seven races nationwide.
Speaking at the launch Fionnuala McCormack said: “The Kia race series has driven the standard forward of distance running in Ireland by offering an incentive for elite and top-level national athletes to race against each other. I am looking forward to lining up in the series in 2020.”
She added: “I am delighted that as ambassador for the Kia Race Series, I will be provided with brand-new Kia eSoul for one year which will make life easier and greener for getting to and from training.”
This year, there is a prize pot of €10,000 on offer in the Kia Race Series. There is a €1,500 cash guaranteed prize for the overall male and female series winner, with €7,000 for course record bonuses on offer. If the course record is not broken, that bonus rolls over into the overall prize pot. Athletes must compete in four out of seven races, with the lowest combined points scores over those four races winning the series.
The Kia Race Series will start in March with the Streets of Portlaoise 5k. The Dunshaughlin 10k a firm favourite with runners is taking place in June. There is the introduction of a new race the Cork City 10 Mile in August, the first of the series to take place in Munster. To enter on-line go to www.popupraces.ie/kia-race-series-2020/.
Ronan Flood Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland , commented at the Kia Race Series 2020 launch: “We are delighted so far with our involvement with the Kia Race Series and with the reaction of the Irish running community with our involvement .This year we want to promote our EV range during the race series and we are delighted that Fionnuala has opted to drive e Soul which is the 2020 Irish Car of the Year.”
Brian Conroy, of Pop Up Races said: “As Ireland’s leading race timing and event management company, we are passionate about running. We pride ourselves on working with local race/club directors in the Kia Race Series to deliver a quality race from start to finish.”
The KIA Race Series 2020
- Streets of Portlaoise 5k March 17th, 11am
- Streets of Kilkenny 5k April 9th, 7:30pm
- Bob Heffernan 5k, Enfield May 19th,8pm
- Dunshaughlin 10k June 20th, 7:30pm
- Roscommon 10 Mile July 4th, 11:30am
- Edenderry 10 Mile July 19th, 9:30am
- Cork City 10 Mile August 22nd, 5:30pm
Notes to Editors:
About Kia Race Series
- Elite runners will be invited to each event and will receive complimentary entry.
- This year, race organisers have moved from offering access to the car as prize for overall series winner to cash prizes.
- There is a guaranteed prize pot of €10,000 on offer. Athletes must compete in four out of seven races, with the lowest combined points scores over those 4 races winning the series, as per previous years.
- There is a €1,500 cash prize for the overall male and female series winner.
- There will be €500 course record bonuses on offer for both the male & female course records at every event. (7 x €1,000 in bonuses)
- If the course record is not broken at a race, that bonus money rolls over into the overall prize pot. For example, if the Male course record is not broken in Portlaoise, the €500 on offer is added to the €1500 overall cash prize, meaning €2,000 cash is then on offer for the overall series winner (and so on)
About Pop Up Races
- Founded in 2014 by brothers and running enthusiasts, Brian and Dave Conroy, Pop Up Races is Ireland’s leading race timing and event Management Company. As well as chip timing, the company provides strategic event management services, ranging from pre-race planning right through to post-event evaluations. For more information, visit: www.popupraces.ie.
- The Kia E-Soul has a driving range of 450 kilometres.
- With a full charge from a domestic charge point costing less than €3.00, it is estimated savings of €1,500 can be made in 12 months.
- There are currently five charge points in Wicklow town and 10 in the greater Wicklow area.