Families Encouraged To Take Part In ‘Mile Challenge’ Later This Month

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Pupils in Blennerville NS with Principal Robbie O’Connell and Michelle Greaney of MG Coaching promoting the Irish Life/Athletics Ireland ‘Family Mile Challenge’. Photo by Dermot Crean

A TRALEE woman is encouraging schools to get involved in a healthy initiative for families this month.

Irish Life Health has launched the ‘Family Mile Challenge’ with Athletics Ireland to encourage families to get out and get active together.

Athletics Ireland National Level 2 Coach, Michelle Greaney, says she would love to see Tralee people getting involved. She visited St Brendan’s NS in Blennerville on Thursday to promote the event.

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“Michelle approached us to get involved in this initiative,” said Principal Robbie O’Connell. “We already do the ‘Daily Mile’ here, so it’s a pleasure to support this fun and healthy initiative to promote running with families.”

The Irish Life Health Family Mile Challenge encourages families to be active together, by running as a family on June 26/27.

It’s free to enter and when you sign up you get a Free Kids Activity Pack to download and be in a draw to win one of 20 kids Fitbits. Click here for more details.

Michelle said; “Lockdown has made us more active certainly with our families and with life getting very busy again as we start to come out of lockdown, we don’t want exercising as a family to fall by the wayside.

“I am an endurance coach with Athletics Ireland based here in Tralee and would love to promote staying active. It is the perfect activity to participate in as the school holidays approach.”

“I feel parents should support their child’s interests by encouraging healthy movement. The mile is a manageable distance and kids will feel a great sense of accomishment after completing it.”

I have long been an advocate for staying active and healthy and I believe embracing a healthier lifestyle and the first step in being physically active starts in childhood.”

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