Members of local athletics club to walk length of Cork coastline from own localities in fundraising event

Members of local athletics club to walk length of Cork coastline from own localities in fundraising event
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A local athletics club is encouraging people to get active and get involved in its fundraising event while adhering to the current restrictions surrounding exercise during the Covid-19 emergency.

The fundraiser, organised by Tracton Athletics Club, will see members virtually run or walk the full length of Cork’s coastline between them from their local areas this weekend.

The ‘Tracton AC Going the Distance’ fundraiser will take place across three days, from 6am on Friday morning to 9pm on Sunday evening.

The club is seeking as many members of Tracton AC as possible to get involved and collectively complete the 1094km in length coastline in aid of the local Tracton Active Retired Association.

The club’s Public Relations Officer, Fiona O’Mahony, said: “We know that this is a very challenging and fearful time for people, particularly for many older people in society.

“We have a wonderful Active Retired group in our local community of Tracton and we want to reach out in supporting them through this challenging time.

“Our hope is that when the Covid-19 crisis comes to an end, our active retired community will be able to come together once again as a group, without the worry of social distancing, and celebrate with one another.” Members who are taking part in the fundraiser are being asked to adhere to restrictions of running no further than 2km from their own localities, even if it means circling the garden numerous times.

Both adults and juvenile members are welcome to take part and to post pictures and videos of their activities on Tracton AC’s Facebook event page using the #tractonacgoingthedistance hashtag as they complete their distances each day.

Members are asked to donate €5 each in order to take part in the fundraiser. Members of the community can also donate to the cause through the club’s Go Fund Me page here [url=https://www.gofundme.com/f/tracton-ac-going-the-distance[/url]

The event will kick off on Friday morning April 3rd. On your mark, get set, go.

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