Run for Freedom and help PREDA at racecourse 5k

Have you ever wanted to come up the home straight at Ballybrit with the sound of the crowd ringing in your ears?

Next month, hundreds and hundreds of runners will do just that to raise funds for PREDA — a Philippines-based children's charity which strives to free children from adult prisons and child exploitation.

The charity is endorsed and supported by celebrities such as Martin Sheen, Damien Dempsey and Cathriona McKiernan and is headed by Fr Shay Cullen.

The PREDA 5k "Run For Freedom" 2013 will take place at the famed Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway on Saturday February 23 at 12. Online registration on www.runireland.com is now open. Registration takes place in front of the main stand from 10am on the day of the run.

The run will be on the road surrounding the race track and will consist of two 2.5k laps.

Damien Dempsey, Catherina McKiernan and Ray D'Arcy led a strong field of entrants at last year's very successful Run for Freedom fun run in the Phoenix Park. Damien and Catherina will both run in the Galway run on Feb 23 and they are looking for many more to join them for this novel 5k.

There will free beanie hats for the first 100 to register online. Refreshments available on the day. Profits from the fun run will be used to help with the rehabilitation of the rescued children and also to help promote the message of PREDA to a wider audience nationally.

”We are delighted to again receive the support of Dublin musician Damien Dempsey and Irish athletic legend Catherina McKiernan providing you with a great opportunity to run with such inspirational figures and PREDA advocates. It promises be a memorable fun day out for people of all levels of fitness and ages,” said PREDA’s Philip Cribben.

Entry to the racecourse for the event is through the Ballybrit road entrance and there will be plenty of free parking.

Preda would like to thank its sponsors for their support in making this event possible: www.galwaybayfm.ie : Galway Bay FM radio http://www.advertiser.ie/galway : Galway Advertiser newspaper http://www.monroes.ie/index.php/live : Monroes Live Music Venue, Galway www.astrobay.ie : Astrobay sports facility, Galway http://www.thewestern.ie/ : The Western Hotel, Galway http://www.carambola.ie/ : Healthy Schools lunch provider http://www.tigcoili.com : Tig Coili Irish music bar, Galway http://www.galwayraces.com/ : Galway Racecourse committee

Email [email protected] if you have any questions about the run. For more information on the work of PREDA checkout:www.preda.org or www.predagalway.org

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