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Socks on for Mayo Down Syndrome run


READY FOR ROAD Kiltimagh father and son Martin and Conor Canny, ready for a run. They are taking part in a fundraiser in aid of the Mayo Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. Everyone taking part will be wearing odd socks. The idea comes from World Down Syndrome Day, which is celebrated every year by the wearing of mismatched socks.

A RUNNING challenge inspired by an ex-Navy SEAL and American endurance legend is taking place in support of Down Syndrome Ireland’s Mayo branch next month.
Knock native James Carty is leading the charge in the 4x4x48 Goggins Challenge, inspired by David Goggins.
The idea of the challenge is to run or walk four miles every four hours for 48 hours to make a total of 48 miles – or just over two full marathons over the course of two days.
Now living in Crossmolina, James will be joined by Clive Reilly from Ballina. Also taking part are father and son duo Martin and Conor Canny from Kiltimagh. Martin is chairman of Kiltimagh Knock United, a club with which the Carty family has a long association – James currently plays for the KK masters team.
The four will be hitting the road from 8am on  February 3, highlighting awareness about Down Syndrome and raising funds for the Mayo branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. They’ll finish up with the final leg at 8am on February 5.
The challenge is a gruelling physical endurance test, but entrants can complete it at their own pace, as it’s not a race. All runners and walkers are welcome to join them along the way.
The Coillte Runners group is among those to have indicated plans to hit the road in Kiltimagh for a few miles over the weekend. North West Fitness Academy members in Crossmolina will also be out running too.
The four men will be easy to identify on local high roads and byroads – look out for their odd socks.
The idea comes from World Down Syndrome Day, which is celebrated every year by the wearing of mismatched socks. The odd socks will also be out in force in the run up to the event itself.
James Carty and his 20-month-old daughter, Iris, who has Down Syndrome and is the inspiration behind the challenge, launched an awareness campaign on social media last week, asking people to wear odd socks for 48 hours. If a person get tagged and nominated, they must nominate three other people to take up the challenge and post pictures of themselves in their odd socks with the hashtags #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromemayo and #Goggins4x4x48.

All donations go to the Down Syndrome Ireland Mayo branch. To donate, visit www.www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/JamesCarty. Businesses are also invited to sponsor the event. Anyone interested can contact Martin Canny at 086 3723366 or James Carty at  086 8568143.