The second nationwide Kia Race Series was launched yesterday by Olympians Kerry O’ Flaherty and Mick Clohisey.
The 2019 edition aims to continue to drive on standards set in 2018, with eight course records broken and numbers entered in the races in the series up 29%.
The male and female winner of the Kia Race Series will get to drive a brand-new Kia Stonic for one year and there is the added incentive of €9,000 bonus funds on offer for course records. Kia will also be offering a “Masters” (O40 in year of series) prize of a trip for two to the European Masters for both male and female winners.
There are nine regional races in seven counties across Ireland in this year’s series, which will start in March with The Streets of Portlaoise 5k. It is open to all abilities and is encouraging runners to #runyourrace, be it for fun, to set a personal best or to take on your first 5k.
James Brooks, Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland, commented at the Kia Race Series 2019 launch: “We are really proud to launch the second year of the Kia Race Series, Kia is primarily a family brand and we see a great fit between the race series and our customer base. We were delighted to see broken course records and a jump in participation levels of individual events involved in the inaugural Kia Race Series and we hope to continue this success for 2019.
The series offers runners of all abilities the chance to participate to the best of their ability and with the addition of a number of new races this year we hope to increase opportunities for people to take part in major closed road running events in communities throughout Ireland.” James added: “The series will once again aim to drive competitiveness among new and well established elite runners with the Kia Stonic on offer as a prize for the overall male and female winner of the series.”
The Kia Series
- Streets of Portlaoise 5k: 17th March, 11am
- Streets of Kilkenny 5k: 18th April 7:30pm
- Bob Heffernan (Enfield, Co. Meath) 5k: Tuesday May 21st 8pm
- Braveheart 5k (Trim), June 14th 8pm
- Dunshaughlin (Meath) 10k Road Race: Saturday June 22nd, 7:30pm
- Roscommon 10 Mile: July 6th, 10:30am
- Edenderry (Offaly): 10 Mile, July 21st 9:30am
- Castlepollard 5k (Westmeath) Wednesday Aug 14th, 8pm
- The Lakes 10k (Blessington/Wicklow) September 7th, 11am