Three Tallaght runners took on an arduous task last weekend when they ran the length of the Boston Marathon here in Dublin in aid of the Irish Kidney Association.
And the trio, who set out from Tallaght AC clubhouse on Sunday to complete the 42km race in under three hours and 10 minutes (the Boston Marathon qualifying time), had something else in common.
Sharing the same first name, Dave O’Callaghan, Dave Fitzpatrick, and Dave Callaghan jokingly called themselves Dave AC as they raised funds and awareness for the IKA.
This is the first time in its 124-year existence that the Boston Marathon has not been hosted in its eponymous city, but runners are allowed to enter from all over the world as long as they provide proof of their time to the Boston Athletics Association.
Dave Callaghan and Dave O’Callaghan comfortably finished within the time span (three hours and 40 seconds, and three hours and five minutes, respectively) with Dave Fitzgerald unfortunately having to pull out of the race six miles before the finish with an injury.
Dave Fitzpatrick, who is a coach at Tallaght AC, said: “In February 2019, the three of us ran a marathon in Seville, Spain and achieved times good enough to qualify us for the 2020 Boston Marathon, normally held on Patriot’s Day in April.
“We knew our goal would be tough to achieve particularly in a virtual event where a large field of competitive runners and supportive crowd are missing.
“The three of us are delighted to be taking part and for the generous support we received raising over €3,500 so far for the Irish Kidney Association and donations are still coming in on the GoFundMe page.”
Speaking after the race, Dave Callaghan, whose niece Layla underwent a kidney transplant, said: “We were delighted to see club supporters turn out at the start early this morning and at the finish point.
“The warm and windy conditions weren’t ideal but we enjoyed it all the same. Overall, we are very happy with our times.”
You can donate to the Irish Kidney Association by ringing 01-6205306, free texting the word DONOR to 50050, or visiting its website at www.ika.ie