It’s free, it’s fun, it’s the Christ­mas Parkrun ....

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - CHRISTMAS IN TRALEE -

TRALEE Town Park has al­ways been a won­der­ful place to be but ever since Tralee parkrun hit the ground run­ning it’s been the place to be on Satur­day morn­ings. Just be­cause it’s Christ­mas it doesn’t mean you have to put away those run­ning shoes - far from it. The ever pop­u­lar parkrun re­cently com­pleted its 200th run and this Christ­mas it prom­ises to be an­other tour de force. There’s a run in the park at 9:30am on Christ­mas Day (you can also dress up in some fes­tive wear if a sense of oc­ca­sion is your thing!).

The fo­cus then shifts to New Year’s Day, which is the only time run­ners have the op­tion of run­ning in two parkruns in one day. Ba­si­cally, it’s an op­por­tu­nity to run in Lis­towel Town Park at 9am and in Tralee Town Park at 11am. It’s a chance to com­plete this dou­ble with fam­ily and friends while you dis­cuss all those New Year’s res­o­lu­tions! “It was a great suc­cess last year with huge num­bers do­ing both events. Last year also marked our first Christ­mas Day run,” said Caro­line Lynch.

“It’s a great time of year to have a run. The sense of ca­ma­raderie is great and every­one is in fun form. It’s just bril­liant for every­one’s self-es­teem and peo­ple feel so good men­tally and phys­i­cally after the run. It’s also a free event that is run com­pletely by vol­un­teers. We’re very lucky with this sup­port.”

A Christ­mas run in the park is also a great al­ter­na­tive for peo­ple who don’t re­ally fancy a cold wa­ter swim on Christ­mas morn­ing. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s a good ac­tiv­ity to build around your Christ­mas hol­i­day. Check out Tralee parkrun’s Face­book page for up­dates.

Happy Christ­mas from all at Manor West.

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