Saturday, July 31 2021, will see the Boston-Moylagh 50 Mile Challenge take place on the Massachusetts south shore. The objective of the challenge is to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society and associated services. Cancer is a disease that hits close to home for all of us, you would be hard pressed to find somebody who does not have a love one affected by this disease, it not themselves.
This effort is a continuation of what started as the Moylagh JFK 50 Mile Challenge in 2011 by the Moylagh GAA Club in County Meath. The “JFK” aspect of the challenge stems from the President John F. Kennedy military challenge of 1963. In 1963, then President John F. Kennedy challenged his military officers to meet the requirements that Teddy Roosevelt had set for his own military officers at the dawn of the 20th Century. The Roosevelt requirement was for all military officers to be able to cover 50 miles on foot in 20 hours to maintain their commissions. Since then, “JFK Challenge” events have been organized in several different parts of the world for causes ranging from ultra-marathons to charity walks.
Each GAA Club in Boston entering a team (or more than one team) for the challenge will help drive the effort to put the total raised at or over the 1M Euro goal. Each participant can walk the 50 miles (if you are up to the challenge) or a team of participants can cover the 50 miles between them. E.g. A team of 10 walks 5 miles each. Teams can set their own fundraising goals, and any amount raised is most welcome. There are also sponsorship opportunities where a $500 donation will get you a Gold sponsorship. The location for the challenge has yet to be finalized. It will take place at a south shore venue once permits are approved.
So, the challenge is set! Any and all support is greatly appreciated. Contact information below for organizers. Teams can register on the idonate page and donors can also make donations to participants through the page.
John Farrell – 617 699 4936,
Pat Nee – 617 901 6760,
Mary McKenna – 617 869 0522,
Eilis Nee – 617 590 5486,
Mickey Feeney – 857 234 0632,
Dan O’Connor – 617 877 0324,