Roscommon Community Challenge countdown

There are less than two weeks to go to the 2024 Roscommon Community Challenge. This very popular annual event takes place this year on Friday, March 1st at 8 pm.

This year the event comprises of a 5 and 8 km reasonably flat, fully marshalled route around Roscommon Town.

This Community Challenge is for everyone: walkers, runners, joggers, individuals, teams, and families, those looking to set a time for 2024 and those that would like to improve on previous timings.

The organisers are very grateful to the members of Roscommon Harriers AC who help with all the timings on the night.

As in previous years, this year’s event has proven extremely popular, with a great response from people who signed up to be part of the training programme.

This year has seen the largest ever number of walkers and runners signing up to the training plan. There has been huge progression since training started in early  January and participants are really looking forward to getting to the starting line.

None of this would be possible without the encouragement and professionalism received from Roscommon Sports Partnership and organisers are extremely grateful to coordinator Noel Feeley and his staff David Brady, Atilia Tavers and Martin Hannon for all their support.

Participants are encouraged to register online through Eventbrite by searching ‘Eventbrite Roscommon Community Challenge’ as there will be no registrations on the night. You can also check out Roscommon Community Challenge on our social media channels for further information.

Roscommon Special Olympics and Roscommon Sports Park are the 2024 chosen charities.

Roscommon Special Olympics are a remarkable bunch of athletes, and the club are delighted to be the beneficiaries of this year’s challenge. There is a thriving club within the town with athletes attending sessions weekly in various sports and activities.

In September 2023, the club lost one of its most valued coaches and mentors, Maire Allen.

To recognise the great work done by Maire with regard to both Roscommon Special Olympics and the Community Sports Park, organisers have dedicated the last mile of the event to Maire’s Memory.

Speaking this week, Jacqueline McCormack stated: “This will be our way to pay our treasured respects to Maire and to most importantly thank her for all she done for us. We hope she knows how much she is missed and how very grateful we all are that she was in our lives. Roscommon lost a legend the day she passed away”.

To honour Maire’s legacy, to remember all the good work she done in the area of special needs and disability, to support Roscommon Special Olympics, and simply to remember the wonderful woman that Maire Allen was, anyone that might not be taking part in the actual event on the night can if they so wish make a donation to Maire’s Memory Mile by clicking the following link – https://bit.ly/mariefund

Extending a word of thanks to all who help with the running of the event on the night, organisers are currently recruiting volunteers to help marshal the route. As usual, businesses are offered an opportunity to promote their businesses with an attractive sponsorship option. We are very grateful to all the businesses that have come on board this year.

For further details, please contact Jacqueline McCormack on 086 1721181.