By Amy O'Connor, Hopkins Communications
Jan 9, 2020 - 9:18:43 AM

Meeting the Crusher Casey in Sneem… Pictured during the 2019 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is David Healy, Nelllie Moriarty, Seamus Coffey and Tom Lynch, who last year cycled the 175km course. Over 6000 Cyclists took part in the 36th Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, raising thousands of euro for local charities. The cycle is the biggest charity one-day event in Ireland, beginning and ending in Killarney. Registration is now open for this year’s event, which will take place on 4th July. - Photo courtesy of Valerie O’Sullivan


Secure your place now for Ireland’s most scenic charity cycle at www.ringofkerrycycle.ie, taking place on July 4th 2020!

If you’re searching for the perfect excuse to stay motivated throughout 2020 and keep those positive New Year’s health and fitness resolutions in check, look no further than the annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. Participants are now being encouraged to sign up for the annual fundraising event, which is both a test of endurance and an unforgettable experience.

Registration is now open at www.ringofkerrycycle.ie for one of the nation’s favourite charity cycles, #ROKCC2020, with organisers looking forward to welcoming returning hardy perennials who have taken part in this epic cycle more than once, as well as newbies eager to prove their mettle on the 175k route around the stunningly scenic Ring of Kerry.

“The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is considered a ‘bucket list’ experience by veterans of the annual event,” said Bridget McGuire, Chairperson for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. “The route will undoubtedly test your fitness and endurance, but the camaraderie of fellow cyclists that travel all over the world just to take part, encouragement from spectators, and the knowledge that your fundraising efforts can make such a big difference to deserving charities is all the motivation you’ll need to get you around the route!”

Each year, six charities are shortlisted from a long list of applicants to become approved beneficiaries of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. This year, cyclists can choose to raise much-needed funds for the following charities:

Ard Chúram Day Care Centre, Listowel – A daycare service that operates from Monday to Saturday and caters for older people in a purpose-built centre in Greenville, Listowel.

Banna Rescue – A voluntary inshore and land rescue unit covering one of the busiest and best beaches in the country.

Breakthrough Cancer Research – An Irish medical research charity focused on raising vital funds for cancer supports and services.

Cunamh Iveragh – A respite home for adults with special needs in South Kerry.

Down Syndrome Ireland (Kerry branch) – Helping people with Down Syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.

St Francis Special School – Providing educational programmes in Beaufort for students with moderate/severe/profound general disabilities.

Bridget McGuire added: “We are immensely proud that over the course of our 37-year history, the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle has raised almost €17 million for more than 160 charities. With our cyclists’ help, we’re looking forward to boosting our fundraising efforts this year so we can continue to generously support our nominated charities.”

Registration for #ROKCC2020 costs €100 plus a 3.5 percent service fee per entry. Cyclists can fundraise with an official Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2020 sponsorship card or through the online fundraising platform, www.everydayhero.com While the six main beneficiary charities benefit thanks to the efforts of the cyclists, an additional number of charities will receive funds raised through the registration process.

Cathal Walshe, PRO for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, said: “Each year, an army of volunteers offer their time free of charge to weary cyclists in search of a refreshing cup of tea, a tyre pump or even a simple word of encouragement. We honestly couldn’t even attempt to hold this event without their faithful support, so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”

With an entry limit of 6,500 cyclists this year, places on Ireland’s favourite charity cycle are expected to sell out quickly, so participants are encouraged to secure their spot soon. The #ROKCC2020 team will be posting regularly across its social media channels, where they’ll offer training tips and hints on how cyclists can boost their fundraising, highlight the beneficiary charities, and introduce followers to a number of cyclists ahead of July 4th, so be sure to follow and tag as you prepare for the big event.

For more information and to register visit, www.ringofkerrycycle.ie

To set up your fundraising page, visit: https://ring-of-kerry-charity-cycle-2020.everydayhero.com/ie/sign-in

Facebook: @RingofKerryCharityCycle
Instagram: @RingofKerryCycle
Twitter: @RingOKerryCycle


About the Event

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is a non-profit organisation involving everyday people who come together each year to make a powerful difference to the lives of thousands of people in need across our local communities.

Over the past 37 years, the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle has raised almost €16 million for 160 charity organisations through the annual support of participating cyclists and volunteers. Outside essential costs to run the 175km Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, all funds raised go directly to carefully selected charity organisations. Funds raised to date have contributed towards new hospital extensions, special needs facilities, care for the elderly, suicide prevention, sea and mountain rescue, cancer, kidney and end-of-life support and much more.

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