‘Fittest company’ challenge launched ahead of Great Limerick Run

Ready for the race: Joe Leddin, of GLR, Matt English, Special Olympics Ireland ; Harry Fehily, HOMS ; John Cleary, GLR event organiser. Back from left: Robert Kennedy, Robert Bourke, and Donal Creaton HOMS. Picture: Kieran Clancy

LIMERICK-based legal firm Holmes O’Malley Sexton has launched the fittest company challenge, a new incentive for healthy-minded and competitive businesses to get ahead in the upcoming Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run.

The novel challenge provides an opportunity for some friendly competition amongst businesses in the Mid-West region as well as highlighting the idea that healthy employees are happy and productive employees.

For each employee who finishes a race, their company will earn points per mile finished.

The company with the most points in their category will be declared the fittest company.

Robert Bourke, partner in Holmes O’Malley Sexton, said the challenge “is an exciting way for us to play our part in both encouraging clients and partner organisations to incentivise their employees to participate in a fun yet competitive event”.

Maria Kelly, chief executive of Limerick Chamber, said that the challenge will encourage companies to develop healthy lifestyle strategies for their employees, which will in turn lead to a more active and successful workforce.

Race director John Cleary said: “The event is all about encouraging individuals to compete and achieve their personal goals. This challenge brings another dimension to our event, which is now the largest participatory event in the country.”

Last year the relay team run was launched with great success, and with many companies choosing this option, John said the fittest company challenge proved to be a natural progression.

A number of companies have already got behind the challenge – including Dell, Cook Medical, Northern Trust and micro firm Copytype.

There are just seven weeks to go the run on the May Bank Holiday weekend, with a six-mile race, half marathon, marathon and a children’s race all part of the massive event.

See Great Limerick Run for more.