Town comes alive for Fitzer’s Run

Dundalk came alive on Saturday morning as runners, walkers and joggers braved the icy conditions to take part in Fitzer’s 5K Fun Run.

The Marshes Shopping Centre was a hive of activity on Saturday morning as in excess of 450 people turned up for the very successful event which raised over €6,000 for both RehabCare and Dundalk Simon Community.

Not surprisingly, the Fun Run got a thumbs up from all involved and Fiona McLaughlin of the Rehab Centre summed up the mood by saying: “I thought it was absolutely excellent and everyone at the run participated very well. The weather was lovely at the start but then it began to snow while we were warming up, but it was really enjoyable”.

Staff member, Elizabeth McArdle, was thrilled with the success of the first event, while Deirdre Quinn explained how the money from the run would be used.

“The essence of the fun run was to raise money for the food garden project.This is where people in the local community can learn to grow their own vegetables in a safe environment local schools are involved in this project also. They also hope to provide a cooking instructor to teach people how to make healthy nutritious meals using the food they had grown themselves”, added Deirdre who already has plans to stage the event next year.

“The feedback we got was great, everyone enjoyed the run, so we will definitely be organising the run again next year. Hopefully it will be just as successful if not more. I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who volunteered to help at the registration tables and the stewards who kept everyone safe.

“A special thanks goes to Peter Fitzpatrick who put a lot of time and effort in ensuring everything went smoothly the sponsors.. All the money that we have raised will go directly back to our projects” she explained.

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