Mullingar route announced for August marathon

August 2 will see runners from all over Westmeath take to Mullingar to participate in the 32 County Marathons Challenge in aid of Irish Autism Action.

Local runners will be joining Gerry Duffy and Ken Whitelaw as they take on one of 32 marathons in 32 consecutive days in the 32 counties of Ireland.

The 32 County Challenge is proudly supported by Expert, Ireland’s largest electrical retailer. Race participants will enjoy food and refreshments generously provided by Marks & Spencer.

As the date draws nearer, Irish Autism Action are looking for more runners to take on this challenge, or to come along on the day and volunteer their time as marshals. The race will start at 10am in Mullingar Town Park, for a 13.1 mile loop out to Belvedere House & Gardens, and back to town.

Local runners will be joined by Westmeath’s own Tommy Carr, who will act as a race starter on the day. Runners can take part in the full 26.2 mile marathon, a half marathon along the route, or even run 10k if they don’t feel up to the full marathon.

“Running a marathon or half marathon is a great personal achievement,” said Dorothy Duffy, local organiser for Westmeath, “This is a chance to make a real difference in a child’s life. Every €1,000 raised will take a child off a waiting list for diagnosis while €600 will provide 10 speech and language sessions for children to help them to learn to communicate. It’s a great chance to give back to your community and have fun while you’re doing it.”

If you are interested in signing up for the 32 County Marathons Challenge in Westmeath, please contact Dorothy Duffy on (097 ) 9003448 or visit www.32marathons.com for more information and training plans.

If you cannot make it along on the day, you can support the 32 County Marathons Challenge in Westmeath by texting MARATHON followed by your county to 57802 (eg MARATHON Westmeath ). Text messages cost €2 per text including VAT. Network charges vary. All proceeds go to charity.

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