Run a mile for Goal to celebrate thirty years

Goal is asking people from all over Galway to help celebrate the 30th birthday of one of the country’s most popular annual fundraisers by organising a Goal Mile somewhere in the county this Christmas.

The first Goal Mile was staged in 1982, inspired by Goal’s late chairperson and international athlete, Noel Carroll. It was run at The Phoenix Park on Christmas morning for Goal with more than 250 participants.

The event transferred to Belfield, UCD, the following year and the flagship Goal Mile has been held there ever since. In the intervening three decades the event has grown substantially - the UCD Mile alone attracts an attendance in excess of 4,000 people each year – while it has also spread to many other locations throughout the country, and overseas to Britain and the US.

Last year a record 107 Goal Miles were scheduled to take place over the festive and New Year period in 2010/11, including three in Galway. Snow and ice forced the cancellation of the event in a number of locations, but tens of thousands still managed to take part in more Miles last year than ever before, raising hundreds of thousands for Goal’s various humanitarian programmes across the developing world.

For more information email Karen at [email protected] or call Goal 01-2809 79.

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