Trail Blazers to Trek Glendalough for Fighting Blindness

15K Glendalough Trail, Saturday, November 9, 2013

Trail Blazers to Trek Glendalough for Fighting Blindness

Trail Blazers to Trek Glendalough for Fighting Blindness

Irish research charity Fighting Blindness is calling on walkers, runners and joggers of all abilities to take to the hills of Wicklow’s spectacular Glendalough Valley this November 9 in a bid to raise much needed funds.

Now in its fourth year, the Glendalough Trail is a 15km off-road challenge along stunning forest trails through the Wicklow Mountains National Park. The course covers a distance of 15.2km in total with 500m of gain/loss elevation.

Participants can register from 9am on the day and the race begins at 11am, with an earlier start for slow walkers or people with visual impairments at 10.30am.

Over 270 people hit the ground running for last year’s event and although it is considered a tough challenge, fun was had by all who took part.

Avril Daly, CEO of Fighting Blindness, said, “The Glendalough Trail has become one of our flagship fundraising events due to its success and popularity. We are always overwhelmed by the support of people locally who give so generously to this important cause. These funds are vital for the ongoing research into treatments and cures for blindness.”

The Glendalough Trail helps raise funds for Fighting Blindness, an Irish charity which funds research into treatments and cures for blindness, giving hope to the estimated 224,000 people in Ireland living with rare, genetic, age-related and degenerative eye conditions. The organisation also provides a unique, professional counselling service for people with visual impairments and their families and is extremely active in the area of advocacy and patient empowerment.

Last year, the event raised over €15,000 for the charity as many participants went above and beyond the fundraising minimum to make the day a huge success. It is hoped that a similar target will be reached this year.

Due to the popularity of this event, runners are encouraged to sign-up as soon as possible at The entry fee for the Glendalough Trail is €20 and there is a further €50 fundraising target with all proceeds going to Fighting Blindness.

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