Hello Sunday Morning Road Race 2017

“Hello Sunday Morning” encourages individuals to look at changing the pattern of their drinking by taking a break from alcohol & incentivising that break with goals e.g. taking up running/exercise. Further details can be found at www.hellosundaymorning.org

In 2014 as part of Cork Drug and Alcohol awareness week the Cork Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force wanted to highlight the addition of alcohol to the task forces brief and support an evidence based alcohol specific initiative i.e. Hello Sunday Morning.  The CLDATF organized a 4 mile road race to support and highlight the Hello Sunday Morning initiative in an attempt to further a health promotion and public health approach to alcohol consumption.  The event took place on the Sunday of the Cork Jazz weekend and was a hugely successful event with over 350 runners participating.

In 2015 the Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force partnered with the Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force and the Health Service Executive in organising another 4 mile Road race on Sunday 25th of October 2015, headquartered at The Kingsley Hotel. Again the event took place on the Sunday of the Cork Jazz weekend and was a hugely successful event with 344 runner s participating.

This year, in 2017, we decided to run the race in conjunction with St Patrick’s weekend, another weekend that focuses heavily on alcohol consumption.  The race took place on Sunday March 19thagain to highlight the Hello Sunday Morning initiative to change people’s pattern of drinking by taking a break from alcohol.  Again the race turned out to be another successful event with just over 350 runners participating.

This race was also supported by Healthy IrelandHealthy Ireland is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of our country over the coming generation. Based on international evidence, it outlines a new commitment to public health with a considerable emphasis on prevention, while at the same time advocating for stronger health systems (Healthy Ireland Framework)