The Blizzards to Headline Affidea ExpressCare Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon Finish Line Festival

The 2018 Affidea ExpressCare Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon has announced that Irish band, The Blizzards, will headline the Finish Line Concert in Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Sunday August 12!

In addition to the headliner concert, live bands of every genre will play along the race course, providing high energy motivation and entertainment for runners as they run through the streets of Dublin on their way to the finish line.

The Blizzards are one of the biggest bands in Ireland and it’s not hard to see why. Their unashamedly power pop sound has been a hit with audiences since day one. After a hiatus, The Blizzards are back and bigger than ever, storming their way to the top of the charts with their comeback single “Show Me The Science”. With a recently-completed, sold-out “Back To Basics” tour in Ireland, and a new album on the way, The Blizzards yet again affirm their position on the Irish music scene as they continue to take fans by storm.

“The Affidea ExpressCare Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin has something for everyone with a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Family Fun Run taking place during the course of the weekend. We invite runners, music lovers and Dublin fun-seekers to come enjoy what is sure to be a brilliant weekend,” said Stacey Campbell, Vice President of Global Events for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “We are thrilled to have The Blizzards headlining our finish line concert, and with nearly 16,000 participants and two days of running, our 2018 event is sure to move you.”

Barry Downes, Country Manager of Affidea – Ireland’s leading healthcare provider of diagnostic imaging and treatment of minor injuries – said: “As a strong supporter of the sporting community, we are proud to be title sponsor of the Affidea ExpressCare Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin race series for the third year. Our new ExpressCare Minor Injuries and Illnesses Walk-In Clinics at Tallaght Cross East in Dublin and The Elysian in Cork mean all athletes can now access the country’s best diagnostics and treatment facilities quickly and efficiently. Our staff are all in training and sharing tips on our blog, so I look forward to beating my PB this year with The Blizzards to unwind to at our Affidea Family finish line party!”

The musically themed Affidea ExpressCare Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon is known for Bringing the Fun to the Run™ and will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, while the 10K will start at 9:00a.m. The brand-new Half Marathon and 10K courses are jam packed with spectator support, and boomin’ bands that literally rock the picturesque views of Dublin. Runners who participate in the Half Marathon or 10K and also race in the 5Kor Fun Run on Saturday, August 11, will earn the Remix Challenge bonus medal, completing a high energy, accomplished weekend.

For more information about the Affidea ExpressCare Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon or to register for the event, visit or follow @RnRDublinHalf @AffideaIreland on Twitter.

About Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon

The 6th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon will return the weekend of 11-12 August 2018 and serves as the Irish National Half Marathon Championships. The event will feature the best of local talent with live bands entertaining participants along the course. The race starts in Royal Hospital Kilmainham, runs along the River Liffey, travels past many of the city’s historic landmarks, and finishes back in Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The 2017 event saw record breaking numbers as nearly 15,000 runners from 57 different countries took part in the event across the four distances. The total economic impact of the event was €10.4 million, filling 29,658 hotel room nights in Dublin.

The Dublin race is part of an international series of entertainment themed marathons and half marathons, infusing the race course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations.

About Affidea Ireland

Affidea is Ireland’s leading independent provider of diagnostic imaging services including MRI, Ultrasound, X-ray, CT and DEXA scans. Affidea operates a network of clinics across Ireland, meaning athletes can quickly access the facilities they need for rapid diagnosis of any sporting injuries.

As part of their growing outpatient services, this year Affidea ExpressCare Minor Injuries & Illnesses Walk-In Clinics opened in The Elysian in Cork and Tallaght Cross East in Dublin, to further provide the perfect alternative to busy Emergency Departments.

Open to everyone from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year, with no appointment needed, ExpressCare aims to see patients within a one-hour turnaround time and children over one-year of age can attend.

Treating a huge range of ailments from fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains to minor head and chest injuries, minor burns and scalds, fever and infections, their physiotherapists located on-site can further provide rehabilitation instructions; even further reducing the time it takes to get back training.

ExpressCare, as is the case with Affidea Diagnostics, operates independently, providing services to all patients who attend on a fee-for-service basis. Alternatively, for patients with private health insurance with Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health, Affidea ExpressCare is a covered benefit.

Visit and follow #AffideaExpressCare #AffideaFamily @AffideaIreland on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Affidea ExpressCare Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin 5K, 10K & Half Marathon Training Plan

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