Rathwood, a shopping and activity centre placed on the border between Wexford, Carlow, and Wicklow, is looking for 300 of you to dress like Santa Claus and run 3km in said suits.
All levels of fitness and ages are welcome. Most of you will likely trail the two ladies pictured by the way. Deirdre Codd and Noleen Lambert may be unrecognisable in the Santa suits above but a reliable source has told me it really is them and not a pair of impostors pretending to be members of the All Ireland winning Wexford Camogie team. They conveniently also provide the tenuous sporting link needed for us to run this piece.
“We hope to get about 300 Santas together on the day. They can walk, run or jog and the distance is only 3km. The plan is to make it a family event and raise funds for the National Rehab Hospital and Suzanne O’Neill Fund,” said James Keogh, director at Rathwood.
“Several local people known to us have been receiving treatment at the National Rehab Hospital, including Terry Kirwan who has featured on RTE’s The Road to Rehab. In addition, Suzanne, who had an accident this summer and is currently being treated there, spent her school work experience at Rathwood earlier in the year. So it is a cause very close to the hearts of all the staff at Rathwood.”
Entry to the run is €20 for adults. You don’t have to bring your own Santa suit as that will be supplied for you. If you are worried about looking like an eejit think the fun you’ll have freaking out the locals out walking their dogs on a Sunday morning. Entry for children is €5 and they receive Santa hats. Those are the fees for entries in advance. Anyone who enters on the day has to pay €25 so enter early. You’ll all get medals so long as you keep the suit or hat on until the end.
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