A.I.B Schools Challenge in Killarney

Over 1000 school children and teenagers from primary and post primary schools of all abilities took part in the event. The national park decorated by glorious sun shine on the day was an ideal and safe location for competitors and spectator alike. Competitors ranged from 5th and 6th class pupils from local primary schools joined by hundreds of secondary school students, community group members and some special needs students completed the 5k run which made it one of the biggest organised runs of its type for non-adult participants. St Brendan’s College had 240 participants on the day with the majority of these pupils undertaking a lunch time couch to 5k program since January coupled with morning running sessions twice a week to prepare in advance for the event. The event came about as a means of raising funds for a planned four lane track on the grounds of St Brendan’s College. Hopefully the money raised from this event will further guarantee the development of this facility. If ever the benefit and necessity for such a facility needed be highlighted, a definite positive answer was provided by the schools 5k challenge. The sight of over a 1000 schools kid’s active and having fun – in times of heightened awareness of the dangers of young people leading increasingly more sedentary lifestyles – must have been noticed by decision makers who allocate funding.


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