Get BACk to good health with Limerick cycle

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

IT’S that time of year again when the annual cycle from Limerick to Doonbeg is approaching in aid of cancer services.

IT’S that time of year again when the annual cycle from Limerick to Doonbeg is approaching in aid of cancer services.

But those behind the Get BACk (Business against cancer) Challenge have stepped up the list of activities for their sixth fundraising event.

If the 100km cycle sounds too strenuous, then fear not for more leisurely pursuits are also on offer.

The 2011 Get BACk Challenge will include a mountain bike event, a family cycle, a monthly running and walking race series, and the annual cycle to Doonbeg on July 2.

This year the events will raise funds for socially disadvantaged children and childhood obesity interventions.

Over 300,000 children in Ireland are estimated to be obese, and the World Health Organisation lists obesity are one of the leading contributors to cancer.

The funds raised from previous events has supported over 7,500 children, in addition to annual contributions to hospices across the Mid West and funding for disability sports.

Brian McGann, managing director of Focus Consulting, said they took the decision to expand the event from one day to a series of events this year to increase their fundraising potential.

An event will now take place every month until September.

“Our annual event has been a huge success for the past five years but through opening up new events we can attract more participants,” said Mr McGann.

“While the July cycle to Doonbeg is the cornerstone event we anticipate that the other events such as mountain biking, family cycle and race series will become firmly established in the calendar of mass participation events,” he said.

The first event will be the mountain bike challenge on Saturday, May 14 in Ballyhoura. The event will cater for beginners to seasoned mountain bikers over 17km and 35km routes.

Throughout the summer, a monthly running and walking race series will take place throughout Limerick city with varied distances from 3km to 10km that will be open to all to aim for.

A family cycle event will take place on June 19, Fathers Day before building up to the annual Get BACk Challenge taking pace this year on Saturday July 2.

The annual Get BACk Challenge will take participants on a 100km cycle from Limerick to Doonbeg via the coastal route through Lahinch.

A coastal 20km walk will also take place from Doonbeg for non cyclists on the same day with both events timed to finish together.

Three time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has plans to return this year.

www.getbackchallenge.com.