Three-time Irish Olympian Natalya Coyle and four-time Irish Paralympian John Fulham today launched the Liberty Race, a new virtual race taking place on and around International Day of People with Disability on December 3rd.
The virtual race has been held in Spain for the past 14 years and attracts 6,000 to take part annually.
This first Irish edition is in partnership between Liberty Insurance and the Irish Wheelchair Association.
It is open to individuals of all ages and abilities and seeks to support and promote an inclusive society for people with functional disabilities.
The theme of this year’s race is ‘allyship’. By running, walking or rolling in the race, individuals of all abilities can show their allyship with people with physical disabilities, and in doing so, help raise funds for the Irish Wheelchair Association.
Anytime and Anywhere
The virtual race will be held over three distances: 1km, 5km and 10km. Individuals or clubs can take part in the race anytime and anywhere during the race window of the 2nd to the 5th of December via the Liberty Race app.
Participants are encouraged to donate to the Irish Wheelchair Association. and Liberty Ireland will also make a €1 donation to IWA for every participant that completes the race.
Participants can register for the race via the official website www.carreraliberty.es.
The Liberty Race App is free to download for Android and for IOS. Participants can record their official time via the Liberty Race App, or alternatively, they can record their time/distance via their own GPS devices and then upload to the Liberty Race App.
“We are delighted to launch the first ever Liberty Race in Ireland,” said Juan Miguel Estallo of Liberty Insurance.
“Liberty is committed to greater equity, diversity and inclusion within society, and central to this commitment is greater support and allyship with our family and friends, colleagues and customers with functional disabilities.”
“We are therefore proud to partner with the IWA on this initiative and we are particularly excited to be able to call on the support of two Irish sporting heroes John Fulham and Natalya Coyle.”
“While the race is in its infancy in an Irish context, it is entering its 14th year in Spain, with 6,000 people participating annually. Our ambition is to grow the race year on year and establish it as a much-anticipated fixture in the Irish sporting and running calendar.”
Culture of Equity
“Real inclusion is creating an environment and culture of equity, where everyone feels welcome and wants to participate, secure in the knowledge that people of all diverse backgrounds are allied together and celebrated,” said John Fulham.
“This truly inclusive event shows a practical commitment and support to disabled people and the work of IWA, aligning with our core values and ethos of putting people first and at the heart of everything we do.”
“I am delighted to support the first ever Liberty Race in Ireland and am proud to be associated with the event,” added Natalya Coyle.
“Sport has always been a very important part of my life, and I am a huge believer in the power of sport to bring people together, make friends and allies and celebrate diversity.”
“I would encourage everyone, regardless of your ability, to run, walk or roll in the Liberty Race in December and be part of something exciting, welcoming and inclusive.”
Join us on Sport for Business tomorrow when we will be joined by John and Natalya to talk a liitle more about the Liberty Race and to find out about getting ready to run in the depths of winter.
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