Phoenix Park: Saturday 9th December 2017


Over 2,000 runners to take part in 5K and 10K runs

Conor Walsh has set himself a challenge to pull 399 pounds around the 5K route – one pound to represent each person who died by suicide in 2016. Participants can opt to lighten Conor’s load and carry one pound of weight by emailing him directly at *based on provisional figures released by the HSE

Dublin, Ireland. Wednesday 8th November, 2017: With one month to go, Aware is urging people to register today for the 12th annual Aware Christmas Run which will take place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Saturday, 9th December 2017.  The Christmas Run is Aware’s flagship fundraising event, seeing over 2,000 people take part and raising more than €60,000 for the organisation’s nationwide support, education and information services.

Online registration is now available at for both 5K and 10K options at a cost of €25 per person. The race is run under AAI rules and chip timing applies. Festive attire is encouraged and all are welcome from walkers to runners!

Gerry O’Brien, Head of Fundraising at Aware said: “The Aware Christmas Run offers the perfect excuse to get friends, family and colleagues together to do something fun, festive and healthy, while helping ensure that Aware continues to make a real difference in the lives of others throughout the year. As a result of this and other fundraising efforts, Aware is able to provide support services for individuals and families impacted by depression or bipolar disorder, as well as offering free mental health education programmes for adults and senior cycle students.”

O’Brien continued: “We really look forward to the Christmas Run each year – the atmosphere on the day is fantastic. It’s a great opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit and do something ‘feel-good’ for yourself in the midst of all the Christmas preparations.”


The Aware Christmas Run is proudly sponsored by Cadbury. Speaking about Cadbury’s involvement, Tricia Burke, Senior Brand Manager with Cadbury Ireland, said: “The Aware Christmas Run is one of the many great Aware initiatives that Cadbury supports every year – and we are delighted to be involved again this year. It raises much needed funding for their invaluable services and highlights the importance of staying active to aid positive mental health. It also gives those who have been affected by mental health issues an opportunity to come together and share their experiences. We always encourage the Cadbury team to sign up and get involved, and I am delighted to say that the numbers will be as great as ever this year.”

The Aware Christmas Run is kindly supported by official media partners The Irish Independent and Dublin’s 98FM.

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