Hundreds sign up for Fitzer's 5k challenge

Olivia Ryan

Published 19/02/2014 | 05:20

Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick leads the field away at the start of the 2013 Fitzer’s 5k run/walk.

WITH just days to go until the 2014 'Fitzer's 5k Run/Walk', hundreds of people have already signed up to take part in this weekend's charity fitness event.

Chief organiser Peter Fitzpatrick will lead the charge from the Marshes Shopping Centre at 11 a.m. on Saturday, all in aid of RehabCare's two resource centre's in Dundalk.

'Following on from last year's successful event I am delighted to once again organise this fun family event which will raise money to enhance two local services for people with disabilities.

No matter what your fitness level, I would encourage everyone to talk part, whether they want to walk, jog or run it.'

He added that several hundred people have already signed up for the event, and many more are expected on Saturday morning.

'Last year we had the same number again turn up on the morning of the run who wanted to sign up there and then, so we are expecting an even larger run this year,' said Deputy Fitzpatrick.

'This event really is suitable for everyone, including people with disabilities, mothers who want to push buggies. Run, walk or jog it is entirely up to yourself, as long as you enjoy taking part!'

'Although the weather proved a challenge last year, we got through it. So no matter whether it's hail, rain or snow we will be kicking off at 11am.'

He stressed that all monies raised will be used locally.

'Funds will go directly to purchasing assistive technology and iPads to enhance the literacy, numeracy and IT skills of the people with disabilities who use RehabCare's services in Carroll Village and Quayside Business Park,' said Deputy Fitzpatrick.

Deirdre Quinn, Community Service Manager, RehabCare in Dundalk added, 'The Fitzer's 5k was a great event last year and the money raised went to the Dundalk Community Food Garden Project which was a great success. This year's event promises to be every bit as fun and we are really encouraging people to sign up.'

Participants can register online on www.runireland.ie or they can register on the day (from 9am) at Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick's office on Market Square. Registration includes a free sports T-shirt for all participants. This is a chip timed event.

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