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Saturday, 5th August 2017

Local branch of Arthritis Ireland’s Micro-Triathlon

Community

The Louth branch of Arthritis Ireland is organising a micro-triathlon as a fundraiser on Sunday next, 13 August.

The micro tri, ‘Give it a Tri for Arthritis’, will take place in the iconic setting of Trinity College Dublin, starting at 10.00am and will comprise a 3km walk, a 3km cycle on spin bikes in the gym and a swim of 3 x 3 lengths of the pool or a 30-minute aqua aerobic class.

According to organiser, Eric Boyle: “This is an opportunity for people with arthritis, their families, friends, colleagues and anyone who ever dreamed of being a triathlete, but reckoned they would never be able to do it. There is no age limit on participating. You can choose to do all three stages or gather a team of three, with each person taking on a stage. Crucially, this is also an opportunity to help raise necessary funds for the charity.”

To book a place on the micro tri visit the Arthritis Ireland website, www.arthritisireland.ie. The individual entry fee is €15 and a team of three costs €30.

Arthritis is the single biggest cause of disability in Ireland, affecting almost one million people, damaging joints, causing severe pain, stiffness, immobility and deformity. About 165,000 (18%) of people with arthritis in Ireland are under 55, while the disease affects more than 1,200 children under 16. Arthritis accounts for one in three GP visits and costs the exchequer more than €700m every year in lost working hours and forced retirements.

Arthritis Ireland is dedicated to working with people with arthritis and having a positive impact on the lives of those with the condition in three key ways: investing in research to find new treatments and a cure; enabling and empowering people to become effective self-managers; and raising understanding of arthritis as a chronic disease and fighting for better healthcare services.

 The Arthritis Ireland - Louth Branch normal weekly activities are:

  • Seated Exercise class every Monday at 7.30pm in Ballsgrove Community Centre – Cost €4
  • Aqua Aerobics every Tuesday at 8pm and Thursday at 12pm in Energie Fitness Centre – Cost €5
  • Walking Group meets at 11am every Saturday in Oldbridge House.  Suits all levels.

If you would like further information on any of the above please call Marie on 087 633 6580 or Eric on 086 8311 882.

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