Keep on run­ning this Christ­mas in Tralee...

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

RUN­NING is un­doubt­edly one of the fastest grow­ing pas­times of re­cent years with hun­dreds of men, women and chil­dren - of all ages and ev­ery level of fit­ness now en­join­ing a jog. This trend is pro­duc­ing a mul­ti­tude of pos­i­tive ef­fects for peo­ple from phys­i­cal fit­ness and men­tal well­ness, to so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and friend­ship. The good news is that just be­cause it’s Christ­mas there won’t be any let up in op­por­tu­ni­ties to get out there and have a jog over the hol­i­day.

As well as Parkrun on Christ­mas Day and New Year’s Day, the Tralee 5km Santa Fun Run is on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16. Start­ing at 11am from Tralee Bay Wet­lands, this event is a me­mo­rial walk for the late Fiona Moore and is al­ways a very pop­u­lar pre-Christ­mas event. For more in­for­ma­tion check out the ‘Tralee 5km Santa Fun Run 2018’ Face­book page.

Op­ti­mal Fit­ness in Tralee is also look­ing for­ward to host­ing its sec­ond 5km and 10km New Year’s Eve event. The pro­ceeds from this year’s run will go to­wards sup­port­ing the ex­cel­lent work of the Pal­lia­tive Care Unit in Tralee. It starts at 11am on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 31 at The Rose Ho­tel (which is also the fin­ish point). Tro­phies will be avail­able for the first five male and fe­male run­ners to cross the fin­ish line, while there is a cash price for the over­all 5km and 10km win­ners. This is for a great cause and is well worth sup­port­ing as we say farewell to 2018 and wel­come 2019. Check out the Op­ti­mal Fit­ness Face­book page for de­tails.

Maire Shee­han, Donal Fla­herty and Emma Quirke of Emma Quirke Hair, Tralee.

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