Three runners will take on the unique challenge of running the N4 route from Sligo to Dublin non-stop on October 11 and 12 next to raise funds to support the new Autism Centre of Excellence that was recently established in Westmeath.
Local marathon runner Brendan Doyle, will be joined by Niall Murphy (Rhode, Offaly) and Michael Devaney (Mullingar) in taking on the 131-mile run, which starts at Abbott Diagnostics, Finisklin, Sligo at 7.30am and finishes at Abbott, Liffey Valley, Dublin
The route that will be covered will be mapped out so that individuals or teams are welcome to join in and complete their own personal challenges at various stages and locations along the route.
The run, which is being organised by Irish Autism Action (IAA) in association with Abbott, has plenty of support locally and a table quiz will take place on October 4 next at the Longford Arms Hotel in an effort to get fundraising for the organisation off to a flying start.
Funds raised on the night will not only help fund the objectives of IAA, but a donation will also be made to St Christopher’s Services in Longford town as well.
IAA was established by former Boyzone star, Keith Duffy and the Autism Run which takes place along the Sligo to Dublin route will also be supported by local marathon man, Brendan Doyle.
“There are a number of ways in which those interested in supporting the cause can be come involved,” said organiser David Carrig, from Longford town, whose son Brandon suffers from Autism, “Why not become a captain in your local town along the route or become a volunteer on the event day, assisting with logistics and fundraising on the route?”
People can also sell Autism awareness flags or chocolate bars with all proceeds going to the charity.
Walking or running in the event on October 11 and 12 are also options as there will be designated marked route options over the two-day challenge.
Locally, schools can also get involved through completing a ‘silent hour’ in an effort to gain a better understanding of some of the frustrations experienced by a child with autism when they cannot vocalise their feelings. All pupils in Co Longford are also being invited to participate in the art competition which aims to raise Autism awareness in young children.
Among the local participants in the run is Brendan Doyle. Doyle who has been running marathons for the last 14 years.
“I have a passion for a new challenge,” he explained. “It is always a great booster – when you are hurting on these personal challenges – to think of someone who would love to do this but is unable; that’s what drives me forward.
“I first helped IAA in 2010 with the 32 marathons and have been helping the organisation since. It is a fantastic charity and is, of course, always in need of funds.”
The runners can also be supported by texting N4RUN to 57802. Texts cost €2 with €1.25 excluding vat going to the charity.
The table quiz which is being run nationally comprises teams of four at a cost of €40 per table. The grand prize includes a table of eight at the Keith Duffy Masquerade Ball in the Ritz Carlton Hotel on December 1 next.
“I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for all their support to date,” Mr Carrig added. “IAA is a fantastic organisation and I would encourage everyone to come on board for the upcoming table quiz and would also encourage school children to get involved as well.”
Log onto www.n4autismrun.com for more details.