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02nd Mar 2021

Get moving this April and raise funds for a good cause with Focus Ireland’s virtual marathon

Ann Cronin

Brought to you by Focus Ireland

Keeping active has been our saving grace during lockdown.

Pencilling in a walk or a jog in the fresh air is one of the only things that passes the time these days and we’ve all undertaken our fair share of fitness challenges over the last year.

And that doesn’t look like it’s going to change much over the coming months either, now that the evenings are (finally) starting to stretch and restrictions are set to continue for the foreseeable future.

So whether you’re a fitness newbie or a skilled athlete, it’s the perfect time to set yourself an active challenge tailored exactly to your abilities.

Focus Ireland’s virtual marathon The Next Step, supported by Horizon, is back for its second year running and it’s the perfect way to challenge yourself physically while also raising money for a worthy cause.

The Next Step challenges participants to walk, jog or run a marathon (that’s 42.2km FYI) over 30 days in April.

Focus Ireland virtual marathon

You can complete the distance at your own pace throughout the month, so it’s adaptable to every fitness level and is sure to suit the whole family too.

Taking part couldn’t be easier – all you have to do is track your progress digitally and fundraise virtually within your network.

Once registered, you’ll receive a fundraising guide and social media toolkit to help you fundraise and share your progress and there’s a leaderboard for those seeking some healthy competition.

The money you raise will go directly to Focus Ireland’s mission to support families and children experiencing homelessness across the country.

There are currently 970 homeless families in Ireland, including 2,237 children, making this a cause that’s well worth your support.

The Next Step is a great way of upping your daily step count during April while bringing awareness to the issue of homelessness within your own social circles.

Focus Ireland support families and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness across Ireland. You can take The Next Step to end homelessness by raising vital funds for Focus Ireland.

To register for Focus Ireland’s virtual marathon The Next Step, click here.

Brought to you by Focus Ireland