Galway based charity ‘On The Road Again’ (OTRA) is seeking participants for its inaugural 5k Fun Run & Walk. People of all levels of fitness are being encouraged to participate in the family friendly fun day out. The event will take place on Sunday, May 31st 2015, beginning from the Claddagh Hall at 11.00am.
OTRA welcomes individuals from all walks of life. The program is of benefit to all, with one GP said at a recent OTRA seminar; “If I told my patients that I had a pill that can help with illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression and other mental health ailments, they would be queuing up around the corner. I don’t, but exercise can help with all of these”. OTRA shows people how to develop the habit of exercise at their own pace.
Founded in 2011 by Paul Fallon, over 170 individuals from Galway have participated in OTRA programmes. The charity develop individual personal development programmes that are designed to improve general wellbeing through exercise. The charity has a 60% rate of success with those who have completed them.
“Exercise can provide focus; concentrating on new goals provides direction and obtaining those goals, however big or small, breeds a sense of achievement and self-confidence. We are looking forward to our fun-run which will be suitable for all fitness levels. We sincerely hope that the people of Galway come out to support us and our work.” said Paul Fallon, founder of OTRA.
Commissioned research conducted with OTRA highlighted that those who fail to integrate into society for health reasons are posing an increased burden on the state, identifying the need for a personal development programme such as OTRA.
Testimonials from participants say the OTRA programme has helped them to believe in themselves, to take back control of their lives, to be happier and make new friends.
Registration is open to runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels, and OTRA is encouraging the people of Galway to get involved for a great cause. The online registration fee for adults is €15.00 before May 29th or €20.00 on the day, and children can register for €5.00 on the day.