The Rebel Run A Mile Challenge is a six week walk to jog programme organised by Cork Sports Partnership and sponsored by Boston Scientific.
The programme takes place in October every year and supports adults in disability services to build up to completing one mile by the end of the six weeks.
As a result of the newly developed programme, there has been a huge increase in the interest and engagement, from participants and staff in disability services. The programme started seven years ago with 80 participants throughout Cork city and county and this year over 550 adults from eight disability services reaching people throughout the South West registered to participate in the challenge.
Eight services participate in Rebel Run A Mile Challenge
These services included : Nua Healthcare, Cope Foundation, St. John of Gods, St. Joseph’s Foundation, Praxis Care, Brothers of Charity, Larche and CoAction. Each participant received a t-shirt, training booklet, medal and two sessions with a qualified athletics coach.
A key addition and success to the programme has been the upskilling and empowerment of disability service staff. Cork Sports Partnership organised and provided staff with training, resulting in 225 leaders taking part in this year’s event. This empowerment aims to create a culture of activity in services leading to greater sustainability of physical activity opportunities.
Athletics Ireland was delighted to support this event and hope to see some new athletes in our clubs around the South West of the country as a result of this fantastic initiative. Well done to Craig, Cliona and all the team in Cork Sport Partnership on a very successful event.
More information can be found HERE.