Mayor of Kilkenny, Seán Ó hArgáin has issued an open invitation to the citizens of the Marble City to join him every Saturday morning at 11am at the ‘Mayor’s Walk’ on the Parade in the city centre.
“The walk will be for less than an hour for the moment and everybody is welcome but I particularly wants men to get out and get active. And you’ll see the best of Kilkenny into the bargain,” said the Mayor who is an avid cyclist and has completed an impressive three marathons in recent years.
“I was canvassing back in 2007 and I met Irene Hennebry from Fit for Life and she got me thinking about running and getting fit. I signed up for the Smithwicks Road Races and a few months later ran my first marathon,” he said.
He added that in his thirties he stopped playing football and his exercise regime came to a halt. “I did little or no exercise around that time. A lot of men stop exercising when they drop out of team sports and the level of cardiac disease in men is far higher than in women. I find exercise great now and he gives me an adrenaline boost,” he said.
The walk which was officially launched last Saturday at 11am will take place once a week at an easy pace when people of all ages can meet and get fit at the same time. “The route is less than an hour and we will change it from time to time to keep a surprise and fun element to the event,” he added.