Largest ever turnout at 12th annual pride run

by Rachel Cunningham
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The Dublin Front Runners hosted their 12th annual Dublin Pride Run on Friday June 21, with over 2,000 people taking part.

Representatives from 28 athletics clubs across Ireland participated in the event, alongside members from all LGBTQ+ GAA clubs.

The event, which raised funds will go towards LGBT Ireland, ShoutOut and Sanctuary Runners, also saw virtual entries from Poland, Romania, Brazil, UK, US and Canada.

The 5KM event, which took place in the Phoenix Park, has raised €186,000 for LGBTQ+ charities since its inception in 2012. 

Those who attended the run included new deputy leader of Fianna Fáil Jack Chambers, Cian O’Callaghan, T.D., Senator Malcolm Byrne and TikTok star, Helen Drumm. 

“The Dublin Pride Run is more than a race, it’s a celebration of health, community and togetherness,” said Taoiseach Simon Harris.

“For almost 20 years now, the Dublin frontrunners have established a safe and supportive space for members of the LGBTQI community, allies and friends who share a passion for running and community.”

“Championing inclusivity, identity, self-expression, and queerness, the Pride Run is a great opportunity to be yourself in an open and friendly safe space while connecting with others in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as having fun,” said Mark Armstrong, Chairperson of the Dublin Front Runners. 

“We had nearly a 50/50 split in terms of male and female sign-ups and we had 34 people register as non-binary.

“Our experience with this category is helping to inform how Athletics Ireland and the Dublin Marathon plan around these categories.

“The event is a celebration of movement, energy, and physical activity. Ní neart go cur le chéil; there’s no strength without unity.”

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