Get Ireland Walking is calling on people across the country to join our National Walking Day 2020 and celebrate walking, which takes place on 27th September as part of European Week of Sport. Get Ireland Walking is supported by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland and hosted by Mountaineering Ireland.
To find out more visit: www.getirelandwalking.ie/nationalwalkingday2020
Welcoming the launch of this event, Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy Frank Feighan T.D. said:
“As a nation, we are all consciously aware of the great difficulties which our country is facing at the moment due to outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic. This prolonged period of national emergency has at times often had a negative impact on our overall wellbeing. During this time, walking has been one of the simplest yet beneficial exercises that thankfully has remained available to us. Sometimes in life it’s the simplest things that make the biggest difference. Our research has shown that people have been deriving great benefit from walking during this time. As a result, I am encouraging people of all ages and fitness levels to continue with the great strides they’ve been making towards a Healthier Ireland. I want to thank ‘Get Ireland Walking’ for organising this great event and I would encourage everyone to take part with your family and friends.”
Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy encouraged as many people to take part on the day “Sport Ireland has conducted research throughout the Covid-19 restrictions, which shows that an unprecedented number of people are now walking regularly. What is really encouraging the number of young people taking part in recreational walking, in particular the 15-24 age group where participation has jumped from 51% to 89% throughout the restrictions. National Walking Day is a fantastic initiative, and I encourage everyone, no matter your age or ability, to get out and be active on September 27th“.
Get Ireland Walking’s programme manager, Jason King, “We’re encouraging everyone in Ireland to celebrate walking on the 27th September! Five months into our new normal we can all agree that one of the most important tools for all of us to sustain and facilitate living in a pandemic, has been walking. We’re asking people to explore the #HiddenGems in their community and #WalkyourArea”.
Sport Ireland’s ongoing Covid19 research showed us initially that an additional 500,000 people were walking. A second volume has shown the numbers of adults walking for recreation have increased throughout the crisis and is the equivalent to over 3.1 million regular walkers. We are asking everyone to walk in celebration of the power of walking and walk because we can!
Our National Walking Day allows everyone to walk within their own community at a time and place that suits them! We are working with the network of Local Sports Partnerships to help you walk locally on the 27th September. Local Sports Partnerships will also provide advice on where to walk in your area. You will be able to use Coillte amenities, Waterways Ireland’s waterways and blueways, Sport Ireland’s outdoor trails and National Parks across Ireland.
How to Participate
Simply visit www.getirelandwalking.ie/nationalwalkingday2020
Celebrate & Share
Share a photo or video of your walk with us on social media. Tag @GetIreWalking on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, your Local Sports Partnership and don't forget to use the hashtags #BeActive #NationalWalkingDay #WalkYourTown #WalkYourArea and #HiddenGems.
For further information, please contact:
GIW Office 01 6251109
Linda Sankey, Communications Officer 087 2349643
Jason King, Programme Manager 087 2994687