Laser Run

What is Laser Run

Participants will start with a short sprint to the shooting range. From there, using a laser pistol, they shoot their designated target until they register 5 successful hits, or for 50 seconds, whichever comes first. They will then leave the range and run an 800 meter circuit, returning to the shooting range for round two of the shoot. 

They complete this circuit four times alternating between running and shooting to a total of 3.2 Kilometers and 20 direct hits on the target. Depending on age categories the length and distance of the run may vary. 

This sport is extremely fun and adaptable and socially inclusive so everything from the distance run to the shooting can be shortened or lengthened depending upon the participants skill level.

The real skill is not burning yourself out on the run so you can still shoot straight…. But still running fast enough to win. Could you do it?

Laser-Run at Swords Castle

As part of our build up to the Laser-Run world championship in Dublin in September 2018. Pentathlon Ireland staged its first Laser-Run event on September 30 at Swords Castle, Swords, County Dublin.

The Fingal Laser-Run at Swords Castle near Dublin was run in partnership with Fingal County Council, and there were numerous age categories of competition as well as a shooting practice station.

More than 150 athletes took part on the day and Pentathlon Ireland chief executive Darragh Cunningham said: “It was a great day for Pentathlon Ireland and for all involved. Laser-Run is a fantastic tool for our sport and allows us to engage in mass participation on a scale that is far more difficult for Pentathlon as a whole.

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Laser Run Swords - September 2017
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“The Family Relay was the surprise hit of the day and being bold enough to try new things like that will help us grow. There's not a lot of sporting activities out there for families so that could be a huge market to take Laser-Run into.

“Pentathlon in Ireland is really pushing new ground, emerging as a commercial force with a high profile this year as evidenced by the fact that we had a regular slot on the most popular TV show in the country recently."

The profile of UIPM Sports in Ireland has been given a major boost with the involvement of the Olympic pentathletes, Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe, in the primetime TV show Operation Transformation.

Coyle & O’Keeffe, Mixed Relay gold medallists at the 2017 World Cup Final in Vilnius (LTU), are teaching pentathlon skills to a group of celebrity beginners in the popular show, which is broadcast weekly on RTE 1.


 

The countdown has begun....

UIPM LASER-RUN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.

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World Laser Run - Dublin 2018

The Laser Run World Championships will be held in Dublin’s Smithfield Square in September 20-24th, 2018 and will see over 400 competitors, from over 20 countries, compete in this exciting event.

Participants will start with a short sprint to the shooting range. From there, using a laser pistol, they shoot their designated target until they register 5 successful hits, or for 50 seconds, whichever comes first. They will then leave the range and run an 800 meter circuit, returning to the shooting range for round two of the shoot. They complete this circuit four times alternating between running and shooting to a total of 3.2 Kilometers and 20 direct hits on the target. 

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In the build up to the World Championship in Dublin, we here at Pentathlon Ireland will invite all schools and groups to contact us for a 10 week Laser-Run programme. We hope to host a serious of provincial heats and events throughout Ireland in 2017 / 2018 with the best teams invited to compete at the world championship venue in the Irish youth Laser-Run Championships 2018.

This sport is extremely fun and adaptable and socially inclusive so everything from the distance run to the shooting can be shortened or lengthened depending upon the participants skill level.

If you have any other questions or queries about laser run, we are more than happy to help. You can get in contact with us or send us an email at info@pentathlon.ie.


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