A host of former top GAA stars joined forces in Croke Park to launch the ‘Race The Rás’ charity cycle. This is the second year of the race with almost 150 amateur cyclists and a host of current and former GAA stars lining up to bike across Ireland from May 20th to May 27th. All the money raised will go to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Aware.
The cyclists will start three hours ahead of the professionals each morning and will travel through thirteen different counties, with stage finishes in the towns of Kilkenny, Gort, Westport, Bundoran, Buncrana, Killybegs, Cootehill and Skerries on the final day.
Already confirmed to support or take part in the cycle include Declan Darcy (Leitrim and Dublin), three-time All-Star, Eddie Brennan, Derek Lyng, James McGarry (Kilkenny), Willie Joe Padden, John Maughan (Mayo), Kevin Cassidy, Declan Bonner (Donegal), Ollie Canning. Sean O Domhnaill (Galway), Tom Brewster (Fermanagh) rugby legend Mick Galwey, Paul Earley (Roscommon), Colin Regan (Leitrim), Evan Kelly (Meath), Ronan Carolan (Cavan), Eamon O’Hara (Sligo), and
Ciaran Whelan, Coman Goggins and Paul Clarke (Dublin).
Broadcasting legend Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh was on hand to launch the charity race. “I am delighted to be here today to officially launch ‘Race The Rás’ which we hope to be an even bigger success than last year. I would ask for those to donate no matter how small as it will make a huge difference to INST and Aware.”
Kilkenny hurling legend, Eddie Brennan, who will take part for the first times, spoke of the endurance needed in order to undertake the cycle. ““This is a serious undertaking. Each of the eight stages averages 146kms in length - 1,168kms in total - and will take over five and a half hours to complete, so the eight-day cyclists will be on the bike for almost 50 hours in total.”
Chairman of Aware, David Carton described this event as an important one for the organisation. “This is a nationwide event and depression is something which affects every community in Ireland. In many ways, the challenging nature of the Rás echoes the challenge so many individuals and families face when they journey through depression.
“We hope people all over Ireland will support this event and the cyclists who are taking part. We wish them well. Money raised from this will help us to get more information and support to people who need it through our website.”
Chairperson of National Breast Cancer Research Institute, Anna O’Coinne said: “NBCRI are delighted to be associated with Race the Rás and we are honoured that they chose NBCRI as their charity this year. We wish them every success in their endeavours.”
Also present at the launch, former Munster rugby captain Mick Galwey said, “Race the Rás is such a unique charity initiative. I was involved last year in the race and raising so much money meant that all the hard work most definitely paid off. We hope to raise as much as possible this year for two very worthy causes.”
How to get involved:
To register for the cycle, please log on to http://racetheras.com/event-registration/. With 8 stages to choose from, cyclists can opt to do all 8 stages or a single stage or opt for a combination of 2 or 3 stages. Those wishing to donate can do so by visiting www.racetheras.com/donate
Please note the registration fee (payable on registration), what it covers and your minimum sponsorship commitment (payable separately by May 20th) changes for each option.
Options 1 to 8 offer you a single stage of your choice. The €75 registration fee includes your entry fee, your small donation to the charities, a RTR cycling jersey and food stops en route only. We would also challenge you to raising some sponsorship payable before May 20th.
Option 9 is very unique with the opportunity to participate in all 8 stages. The €500 registration fee includes your entry fee, a RTR cycling jersey (2), accommodation (7 nights), breakfast, dinner, food stops en route and luggage transfers only. Minimum sponsorship commitment is €400 payable before May 20th.
Options 10 & 12 offer 2 defined stages. The €180 registration fee includes entry fee, a RTR cycling jersey, accommodation (1 night), breakfast, dinner, food stops en route & luggage transfers only. Minimum sponsorship commitment is €100.
Option 11 offers a combination of 3 defined stages. The €250 registration fee includes entry fee, a RTR cycling jersey, accommodation (2 nights), breakfast, dinner, food stops en route & luggage transfers only. Minimum sponsorship commitment is €150 payable before May 20th.
TO SECURE YOUR PLACE please select your preferred stage, fill in the registration form and complete payment of the registration fee today.
By registering you commit to donating a minimum amount of sponsorship for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) and AWARE. This is payable anytime BEFORE MAY 20th 2012 by pressing the DONATE button located to the right.