It's the big day with the bigger atmosphere, both on and off the course. The Phoenix Park in Dublin will be hosting excited adults and children from near and far for the SPAR Great Ireland Run, now in its eleventh year.
The only event in Ireland recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the 10k road race is a highlight in Dublin’s sporting calendar.
With elite times and reputations increasing every year, 2013 looks set to be no different when Ireland’s very own woman of the moment, Fionnuala Britton strides out to continue he rise in the sport.
Together with a collection of the world's finest athletes will be thousands of runners of all abilities and enthusiastic children raring to go. Olympic athletes are sure to be an inspiring presence, but it's always the younger ones’ that really add to the fun of the weekend.
Familiar faces from television and film will be there to leave some starry eyed whilst others get autographs and pose for pictures.
Last year saw Ireland's most successful female athlete as the honorary starter for the Junior Run, Sonia O’Sullivan standing alongside Catherine McKiernan, the Irish marathon record holder, to fire off the 9-15 year old category.
It will be the second time the 3-8 year old Mini 1.6k will take place in Ireland, and the pace is always fast from the off. The sight of little ones dragging their parents along the leafy course, to come home in first place, is a guaranteed winner for everyone involved.