LEADING optician Vision Express has been announced as the sponsor behind this year’s Flatline, Athlone Half Marathon.

LEADING optician Vision Express has been announced as the sponsor behind this year’s Flatline, Athlone Half Marathon.

The inaugural Flatline Athlone Half Marathon held in Athlone, Co Westmeath last year attracted more than 700 competitors but this year promises to be even bigger and better with the support of Vision Express.


The 13.1 mile course constitutes Ireland’s flattest marathon route.


The event, which attracts novices, charity runners and elite athletes, will be held this year on Saturday, September 14th.


The AAI certified route starts at St. Aloysius College and takes competitors along the banks of the river Shannon out to Clonown before returning in the Ballinasloe road back to Athlone.


Vision Express will also be entering a number of runners into the race, and donating their combined sponsorship to their charity partner for 2013 Temple Street Children’s Hospital.


Vision Express’ eight Irish stores have committed to raising €20,000 this year for the Opthamology Department at Temple Street to ensure children can continue to access the best possible care.


Regional Manager at Vision Express, Damian Daly said: “In mid-September hundreds of people from Athlone and all over the country will line up to take part in what is set to be one of the biggest events in the local sporting calendar. As a resident business in the town it makes absolute sense that Vision Express supports the community. We are proud to be part of this fantastic event. We are also very proud that a number of our staff have agreed to take on the course for our charity partner Temple Street Hospital this year.” 


Organiser of the Flatline Athlone Half Marathon said: “We are delighted and proud to have Vision Express on board as our lead sponsor this year. We are very much looking forward to working with them and supporting their runners on race day.


For more information and to book an eye test today visit http://www.visionexpress.ie

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