Ray D’Arcy Launches Marathon Challenge

Published: 16 Dec 2020

LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice has announced a fundraising partnership fronted by Ray D’Arcy. 

Ray D'Arcy and Jenny

LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, is launching an exciting Fundraising Challenge fronted by broadcaster Ray D’Arcy which involves running or walking a marathon a week during 2021.

Ray is a long-standing supporter of LauraLynn and he is also an avid marathon runner which is how Ray’s Marathon Challenge was born. Ray decided to set the nation’s running and walking lovers a challenge of clocking up 26.2 miles in a week, every week, for a full year!

Ray is hoping to get 1000 like-minded people to sign up and join his challenge. If every one of those 1000 people raised €500 each throughout the year, that would raise a whooping half a million euro for LauraLynn.

Ray describes why he decided to set up Ray’s Marathon Challenge: "As many of you know by now I am a long-standing supporter of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice and the amazing work that they do for children and their families across the country. I am also a big fan of running and training for marathons and marrying the two together, I came up with Ray’s Marathon Challenge! I know if you’re like me, you’ve really missed the community feel of running a marathon and the motivation and strength that you get from feeling like you are part of something bigger and I think that is exactly what we have been able to create with this challenge, even if it is in the virtual world. The new year is a perfect time to start this challenge and I would love as many runners out there as possible to join me and let’s raise as much as we can for LauraLynn."

If you think you’re up for the challenge you can register your interest and find out more info at www.raysmarathonchallenge.ie. By joining this challenge, you will get access to a community of runners who are also taking part in the challenge.

Ray and his wife Jenny, will host a podcast series connected to the challenge which will have lots of great content from celebrity athletes to nutrition experts and will keep you motivated throughout the year. All participants will also receive a free LauraLynn running t-shirt and will have access to personalised fundraising social media pages so you can connect in with all the other participants and get tips and hints on how to maximise your fundraising efforts.

All funds raised from this challenge will go towards care and supports for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

To register for Ray’s Marathon Challenge or to find out more information please visit: www.raysmarathonchallenge.ie.