Prendergast in 100-mile 'Mun run
Despite a recent injury, Decadecathlon winner (10 Ironmans in ten days) Ger Prendergast is confident he will manage to complete 100 miles in 24 hours at the inaugural Ballymun Festival of Running at Trinity Comprehensive School on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
Prendergast, along with Ken 'Coco' Coakley, a youth and community worker with the Ballymun Regional Youth Resource, have set themselves the challenge of running 100 miles to help raise awareness of of mental health issues and of the harmful effects of alcohol and drugs.
"We first thought we might run 50km, but decided that wouldn't be enough for a challenge. So that's why we settled on 100 miles in 24 hours - we know it won't be easy for us," says Prendergast, who is also aiming to run an Ironman a week for the whole of 2018.
They are inviting any and all to come along and either run a few laps with them from 12 noon next Tuesday or run a specific distance ranging from 5km to the marathon.
In the final hour of the 24 hour challenge on Wednesday morning, the annual 'Mun Fun Run 5km' for Trinity CS students, their families and friends takes place.
"Everyone can set their own target - for me and Ger, it's a hundred miles, but for others it could be a 5km - that's ten laps," said Ken Coakley.
The festival, which is free, aims to get locals of all ages active; the theme is "The More you Move the Better your Mood". Music and motivational speakers as well as healthy food sponsored by the local SuperValu will help keep spirits high.
All runs take place on a 500m lap of the school grounds.