Sadly a year later, the race is being run in her memory.
The former director of Glór in Ennis died suddenly last February while on maternity leave, leaving behind her husband Colm and their five-month-old babies Ava, Ríona, and Coen.
Originally from Wolverhampton in England the 42-year-old lived with her family in Ogononnelloe in Co Clare. A keen runner, she actively participated in many running events in Limerick including the women’s marathon.
Now in its 18th year, the event is used as a fundraiser for many local and national charities.
This year’s event, which will attract 3,000 entries, takes place on October 30, and will be run in memory of Ms Carcaterra.
Speaking at the launch, her mother Rosa Carcaterra said: ”We are delighted the event is being run in memory of Gemma, especially because she did it last year when the babies were just two months old.”
This year, Gemma’s running friends, known as the Leggy Ladies, are fundraising in her honour with a special ‘Gemma’s little stars’ fundraising page on the official event website, LimerickMiniMarathon.com
Gemma will also be remembered with three stars on the back of every commemorative t-shirt that will be given to all registered participants in the race.
“All of us who were lucky enough to call this extraordinary lady and bright ray of sunshine our friend were devastated by her untimely passing,” said Laura Ryan, a member of Gemma’s running group.
“Gemma’s energy and positivity was infectious, she was always smiling and her sunny disposition was reflected in her trademark bright running gear. We all miss her greatly, the motivation on long runs, the chats, the laughs, the coffees after training, but mostly her warm, friendly face and love for life. We were all so privileged to call her our friend and we’re delighted that the Cook Medical women’s mini marathon is being run in her honour this year.”
As well as the numerous charities benefiting from fundraising at this event, the run is also the main fundraising event for Limerick Athletic Club.