Leopardstown Racecourse and GOAL today announced Leopardstown as the location for this year’s flagship GOAL Mile which will take place on Christmas morning.
The event which was launched on Monday by former Irish athletics great and GOAL Patron, Eamonn Coghlan, will see Leopardstown replace Belfield as the venue for GOAL’s largest annual Mile.
Speaking at the launch, GOAL’S Lisa O’Shea said “We are extremely happy that Leopardstown has generously agreed to host the event.
The venue is a perfect fit; Leopardstown is famous across the world for being host to many great events over the years.
“It is a very convenient location and there is plenty of parking. We really hope that all the people who normally run the Mile at Belfield, and anyone else in the area, will come down and join us on Christmas morning.”
Jane Davis of Leopardstown said “We are delighted to stand in and provide our venue for the flagship GOAL mile on Christmas Day. We have a long and proud history of hosting athletic endeavours at Leopardstown.
“Our events are usually of an equine nature however, we were proud host of the World Cross Country Championships in 2002 and we are greatly looking forward to welcoming all the GOAL Mile athletes to our venue on Christmas morning. It will provide a great warm up for our 4 day Christmas Racing Festival which commences on St Stephen’s Day”.
The Leopardstown GOAL Mile will take place from 10am to 12noon on Christmas Day. GOAL Miles will also be staged at more than 100 venues nationwide over the Christmas and New Year period.