22 Nov 2018
Aware has organised a terrific and energetic running course in the Phoenix Park for their Aware Christmas Run on Saturday, 08th December. Not only do you get to build on your positive mental health with some festive exercise but all funds raised are injected back into Aware’s support, education and information services. So it’s a win-win both for you and the charity. Don’t panic if you’re not a runner – walker are all welcome. It’s all about having fun and getting into the festive spirit.
1. Getting there
When you’re all psyched up for your 5km or 10km run the last thing you need is the hassle of finding parking in the Phoenix Park when there will be road/ gate closures preventing you from getting to your trusted parking spot. Luckily, we are providing our Aware bus free of charge to collect participants (and their supporters) from Swords and we’ll bring you back too! Our bus will be heated and include free wifi and we’ll even throw in a sound bus driver to get you there. Bus seats are limited so be sure to book yours now.
Not all of us are natural runners but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on fun runs like this one. If your running technique feels like you’re shoving a sofa then it will be most likely that you will enjoy the spirit of the run more if you walk it. There will be plenty of other walkers along the route to have the chats with – new friends!
Simple food like a banana and toast will provide some much needed fuel on the day and Aware have scored themselves some great sponsors who will be providing complimentary snacks to runners (and walkers!) so be sure to arrive early to enjoy them.
4. Gear Up
Irish weather is uncontrollable, but you can control how you dress for the run and bring the right clothes on the day. Warm layers and a small dry towel for after the race can bring some comfort making it worth the effort of being organised.
5. Dress Up
Ok so the above point about gearing up makes us sound very sensible but every runner should add some festive flare to their outfit, after all, it’s not called the silly season for nothing! Go all out in a full Santa suit or add some ‘low key’ accessories. No matter your preference your fellow participants will appreciate and embrace your festive creativity. Don't be afraid to #ExpressYourself.
6. Have fun
Fitness should be fun and the Aware Christmas Run has definitely incorporated this bringing hilarity to their event. The race is not about winning but about the experience, socialising and the craic on the day. Oh, and the added bonus of knowing you are helping to raise funds for a very worthwhile charity that will help so many people.
Good luck to everyone!