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Women’s Mini Marathon in Galway!



Galway Simon Community has just launched a brand new Women’s Mini Marathon in Galway to mark their 30th Anniversary of providing accommodation and support to people who are homeless.


Details of the West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon:

  • The event will commence at 11.30am on Sunday 28th June 2009. The start and finish line is at Southpark, The Claddagh.
  • Registration can be done online at WWW.GALWAYSIMON.IE or by contacting Barry on 091 589415.
  • The Race is AAI registered and permit granted.
  • Entry for this event is €20, with all participants receiving a T-shirt and Race medal.
  • The route is as follows: Start at Southpark (by Nimmo’s Pier), follow along the prom, up Threadneadle Road, along Kingston Road turning left onto Knocknacarra Road, and back along the Prom to finish at Southpark. Total Distance: 10km
  • Men are permitted to enter in Drag costumes.
  • All registration proceeds from the event will go to Galway Simon Community to help combat Homelessness in the West of Ireland.
  • All registered participants are encouraged to fundraise for additional sponsorship for Galway Simon Community or another Charity of their choice, but it is not compulsory to raise additional funds.
  • We are also recruiting for marshals for the event (11am – 2.30pm) and anyone interested can get further information by contacting Barry on 091-589415.

Further Information about the event

This event is also being used to highlight the fact that homelessness is a problem which is on the increase and doesn’t just happen to men. In fact, 30% of the people in Galway Simon Communities housing projects are women, ranging in age from early 20s to mid 80s. In addition almost 400 women and 300 children visited the Galway Simon Community Day Centre in the last 12 months. Galway Simon Community are co-hosting this event with both Midlands Simon Community and Mid West Simon Community in order to maximise the number of people who are homeless that will be supported from this event. In total between these three Communities participants of this event will be directly helping people from 10 counties, a huge achievement from one event. It is also important to note that all monies raised in an area will be used in that area, so for example if you live in Galway, Mayo or Roscommon, all monies raised for this event will go directly towards the accommodation and services provided by Galway Simon Community, however if you live in Laois, Longford, Offaly, or Westmeath, funds will go directly to Midland Simon Community. We are urging women (or even men in drag) of all ages to join in with us by walking, running or jogging the 10K distance.