A memorial fun run and 5k walk will take place in Roscommon town on Saturday, February 24th to remember Craig Connolly, a much-loved family man and local businessman who passed away last year following a heart attack at the age of 35.
The event has been organised by Craig’s wife Tracey and his former business partner and friend Cathal Dineen, who co-owned the Full Body Workhouse gym with Craig.
Tracey explained the inspiration behind the memorial walk.
“To tie in all the things that were important to Craig – his children, his family, the business, the gym and health and fitness – we decided to that we would have this family run or walk, whichever people want to do, and that it will be in Roscommon on the weekend of his first anniversary”.
The 5km run/walk is a family event, which will be staged in a loop around Roscommon town, leaving from the Full Body Workhouse on the Lanesboro Road on Saturday 24th.
Proceeds from the event will go towards Croí and to Crumlin Children’s Hospital where Craig’s son Senan (2) has been under the care of the respiratory team since he was ten months old.
Cathal Dineen also has his own reasons for supporting Crumlin Children’s Hospital. His niece Rebecca was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 7 and sadly lost her ten-year battle last month, aged just 17.
“I’d like to encourage people to come out and remember Craig next Saturday while also supporting two very worthy causes,” Cathal said.
As well as the 5k run/walk there will also be a monster raffle on the day with free entry for those who enter the run/walk. Those who sign up for the event online will also be added into a special draw exclusively for online sign-ups where they can win a whole host of fantastic prizes.
Organisers of the event have said they are deeply grateful to the dozens of businesses who have shown their support in recent weeks. Proceeds from the raffle will also go to Croí and Crumlin Children’s Hospital. The draws will take place following the memorial walk/run back at Full Body Workhouse. Refreshments will also be available.
A monster auction will also take place on the day with various signed rugby, soccer and GAA jerseys up for grabs as well as tickets for Manchester United v Arsenal at Old Trafford and a Celtic match at Parkhead.
Sponsorship cards are also available and entry fees are €25 per individual, €40 for a family of two adults and two children and €15 for students and OAPs.
For further information contact 085-7348000, log onto the Craig Connolly Memorial Facebook page or sign up at https://www.iregister.ie/v2/events/craig-connolly-memorial-walk-run/.