Athletics Ireland and Waterways Ireland have announced a new strategic partnership which will seek to promote physical activity on the more than 1,000km of trails and facilities across the Waterways Ireland system.
The partnership will see a range of Athletics Ireland programmes, including Fit4Life and The Daily Mile, avail of Waterways Ireland facilities to help promote improved levels of fitness, health and wellness across all ages in a fun and sociable environment.
Speaking at the launch, Athletics Ireland chief executive Hamish Adams said: “I have personally run several of the canal systems and the towpath facilities are second to none.
“Athletics Ireland shares a vision with Waterways Ireland to get people moving and we want to encourage the nation to utilise the incredible facilities on offer across the Waterways Ireland system.”
Waterways Ireland manages, maintains, develops and promotes more than 1,000km of navigable inland waterways, principally for recreational purposes.
The cross-border body says one of its key focuses is inspiring more people to discover and enjoy recreational activities on the inland waterways, and to explore these rich environment and heritage attractions.
“Waterways Ireland has seen a huge increase in the number of recreational and tourist users on and along all our waterways in recent years and with the provision of our Blueway and Greenway trails, we have now created even more opportunities for people to try new recreational activities,” said Sharon Lavin, Waterways Ireland’s head of marketing and communications.
“This partnership allows Waterways Ireland and Athletics Ireland to join forces in promoting the health and well-being and social opportunities that are available in the great outdoors. We look forward to growing this partnership.”