St Vincents launch 5K

St Vincent’s Secondary School launched their Annual 5k Run, now in its third year, on Wednesday 5th September.
It was a memorable day as all students, teachers, staff and members of the Parents’ Council gathered together for the launch. Given the school’s abundance of athletic talent, it was only fitting for the ceremony to include a celebration of recent achievements by a number of current pupils.
Sixth Year student, Patience Jumbo-Gula’s successes at both the European Athletics Championships and the International Youth Olympics were celebrated on the evening. A clip of her finishing the former race was projected onto a big screen as students enthusiastically cheered her on. Patience, together with national champions, Kate O’Connor, Aoibhin McMahon and Erinn Leavy spoke briefly about their competitive experiences and shared advice on topics such as well-being and healthy eating.
Rebecca Carr, a past pupil of St.Vincent’s and Louth Ladies GAA All-Ireland finalist also spoke about the importance of sport and keeping fit, while encouraging the school body to support the Louth team in their All-Ireland endeavors in Croke Park.
Irish international athlete, Brian Gregan, was also present and gave an inspirational talk highlighting some of the key moments in his career. Mr Gregan, a prizewinner of several competitions worldwide and record-breaker at the European Athletic Championships in Zurich among others, spoke about his joys and resilience to overcome challenges in his journey to success.
Growing annually in scale, St Vincent’s was also pleased to announce this year’s sponsors, including ITTAPE, DEBS Ireland, Dundalk Credit Union, Halpenny Travel and Flo Gas Ireland. They have given generous donations and are sponsoring numerous prizes for the run. All proceeds will go towards the construction of a new outdoor sports complex to provide the sports facilities the students deserve.
Pre-registration for the run will take place in the school from 9am-4pm on Friday 28th September and also on Sunday September 30, before the race at 11am. People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to take part in this relaxed and informal event. Participants can choose to run, walk, jog or even cycle with their dog. The course will begin at the school gym and continue around Dundalk town.

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