Pentathlon Ireland announced they will host the fourth Laser-Run World Championship in Smithfield, Dublin in September 2018. The Laser-Run is a relatively new concept launched by UIPM (International Modern Pentathlon Federation) in 2015 as part of their International competition calendar.
The Laser-Run mirrors the final event of the Modern Pentathlon, combing running and shooting. This involves competitors running 800 metre four times with four rounds of laser pistol shooting in between each run. Athletes must hit a target 5 times from a 10-metre distance before they can run the next leg. The total number of hits is 20 and total running distance is 3,200 meters.
On the day prior to the main event, there will be a full programme of events with the Primary School’s Laser-Run national championships taking place. This will be followed by an evening open competition, giving the public an exciting opportunity to try the event for themselves.
Darragh Cunningham CEO of Pentathlon Ireland said: “I am delighted to be bringing the championships to Dublin. We expect over 450 competitors from over 20 countries competing and this will include two of Ireland’s finest Olympians, Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe and Natalya Coyle. The schools Laser-Run programme is also particularly exciting and hopefully we will be able to engage with hundreds of schools nationwide in the build up. It’s shooting lasers and running around. How fun is that”? He added: “Support to date from Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council has been critical to hosting this event and it’s such a terrific event we hope to secure additional sponsors in the coming months”
Two time Olympian Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe who was crowed European Champion in 2015 said “I am really excited about these championships coming to Ireland. This is a fast-paced and dynamic event, which will be a great showcase for our sport. And it has the bonus of taking place right in the heart of Dublin in Smithfield Square”
Two time Olympian Natalya Coyle said, “I can’t wait to compete in this event and I am thrilled that the public will get the opportunity to try the sport too. The school’s laser run could unearth the next future star for Pentathlon Ireland”