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The 2021 London Marathon

3rd October 2021 12:00 am - 11:45 pm London

Whether you are a rookie or a seasoned marathoner, join our Croí Marathon Team and help raise vital funds to support our life-saving work. It is a fantastic experience and knowing that you have done it for a great cause makes it even better! #TeamCroi

For more information, please contact

The 2021 Chicago Marathon

10th October 2021 12:00 am - 11:45 pm Chicago

Whether you are a rookie or a seasoned marathoner, join our Croí Marathon Team and help raise vital funds to support our life-saving work. It is a fantastic experience and knowing that you have done it for a great cause makes it even better! #TeamCroi

For more information, please contact
New York City Marathon | Croi Heart & Stroke Charity

The 2021 New York City Marathon

7th November 2021 12:00 am - 11:45 pm New York

Whether you are a rookie or a seasoned marathoner, join our Croí Marathon Team and help raise vital funds to support our life-saving work. It is a fantastic experience and knowing that you have done it for a great cause makes it even better! #TeamCroi

For more information, please contact

Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way 2020

10th June 2020 9:00 am - 22nd July 2020 11:45 pm Wild Atlantic Way
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Discover the beauty of Ireland’s West Coast with Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way!

Date: Join when you like!
Location: Choose your virtual coastal walk along the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal, Sligo/Leitrim, Mayo, Galway or Clare! You then start walking in and around your area within current restrictions, recording how far you exercised and then upload the distance on our specially-designed website to move down the coast! See below for guidance on which coastal walk is best for you.
Cost: €15 each or €40 for families
All registrants receive a special, eco-friendly Couch to Wild Atlantic Way medal!
Read our FAQ page

Interested in completing this challenge as a team?

Bring your team together for this stunning virtual challenge in aid of Croí. We can create specific and/or branded team pages where each member’s progress and fundraising will be added to the team total. An interactive team map will also mark the team’s kilometres travelled as they virtually walk, run or jog this spectacular coastal route together. Contact for more information!

Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of life by running, walking or jogging part of this spectacular coastal route on a virtual mission. Your progress will be tracked through our interactive map on iDonate, where people can sponsor you along your way.

Join us on this stunning mission, in aid of Croí. Your support now is vital – people living with heart disease and stroke are at great risk if affected by COVID-19, and need our support more than ever before. Please register now!

The process is easy – register now and we will send you instructions on how to select a county coastal walk and start your virtual mission using the platform iDonate. You can link your virtual mission to an app like Strava, which will track your kilometres and move you down the coast, or you can manually upload your distance walked.

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Which Wild Atlantic Way Walk is best for me?

For your virtual walk, you can select a walk along the coast of Donegal, Sligo/Leitrim, Mayo, Galway or Clare. Participants can choose to take part in this 6 week challenge as an individual, as part of a team or at your own pace. Here is some advice so you can select the right challenge for you depending on your fitness level at the moment. Example:

  • If you walk 1-2 times per week, the coast of Sligo/Leitrim would be best for you.
  • If you walk most days of the week, the Galway coast is a good choice for you.

Each challenge is described in the box below. It tells you how long the challenge that you selected is and gives you a guide on how many kilometres you should walk every day in order to complete the challenge in 6 weeks.

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May’s Christmas Garden

1st December 2020 - 5th January 2021 4:54 pm Tuam Road, Galway

May’s Christmas Garden is all aglow again this year and Croí is delighted to be the benefiting charity!

Every year, Galway Road in Tuam is lit up brightly by May’s Christmas Lights to the delight of families that come from near and far, all in an effort to raise much needed funds for Croí, the West of Ireland Heart and Stroke Charity.

Unfortunately, this year it will not be possible to walk in around the fantastic displays in May’s Christmas Garden, but you will be able to experience the magic of May’s Christmas Lights through pictures and videos on the Croí webpage.

You may also venture down to Tuam and drive past the garden to see the displays and lights in person. There will be a box to make cash donations at May’s Christmas Garden.

You can also donate by following the link here!

28th Annual Annaghdown St. Stephen’s Day Turkey Walk

26th December 2020 12:00 am - 11:45 pm Annaghdown, Co. Galway

Organised by Croí Friends of Annaghdown

The 28th Annual Annaghdown St. Stephen’s Day Turkey Walk is going virtual this year and the Croí Friends of Annaghdown are inviting everyone to take part by walking or running a 5k or 10k in their local area!

Date: December 26th
Location: Your local area
Registration: €10 – register now!

All registrants are automatically entered into this year’s Turkey Walk Raffle – prizes include:

  • 2 nights B&B, plus 1 evening meal for 2 at the Clifden Station House Hotel
  • 2 nights B&B, plus 1 evening meal for 2 at the Great National Hotel, Ballina
  • Afternoon Tea with Bubbly for 2 at the House Hotel, Latin Quarter, Galway
  • Shampoo and Blowdry at David Martin Hairdressing Group
  • €30 Gift Voucher for Peter Mark

Over the last 27 years the Croí Friends of Annaghdown have held the St. Stephens Day Turkey Walk & Fun Run, raising in excess of €250,000 in the fight against Heart Disease and Stroke. We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the 1st ever Virtual Turkey Walk & Fun Run and share your pictures on social media, making sure to tag Croí – fancy dress optional!!

If you would like to create your own personal Turkey Walk Fundraising page and help raise additional funds to support Croí’s work, you can do so here:

Please adhere to Government guidelines at all times.

Raffle terms and conditions:

  1. Raffle entry is €10 per person.
  2. Entry is through or by calling Peter Flaherty on 086 2515263 for more details
  3. Entry to raffle is closed at 8pm Saturday 26th
  4. Raffle draw takes place on 27th
  5. Prizes are as outlined on
  6. Winners will be announced on Croí Facebook Page
  7. Prizes cannot be exchanged for money

Anthony O’Brien Memorial “Virtual” Race Day

31st July 2020 4:50 pm - 6:00 pm Virtual Event
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Anthony O’Brien Memorial “Virtual” Galway Race Day, in aid of Croí

*Winners announced! Thank you to everyone who participated*

  • 1st place: Donal Curtin (Limerick) with 60.08
  • 2nd place: Stephen Rice (Dublin) with  24.16
  • 3rd place: Kevin O’Brien (Athlone) with 23.16

In April of 2015 the sudden passing of Anthony O’Brien left his family, friends, colleagues and the community of Athlone heartbroken.  Since his passing, Anthony’s family and friends have been committed to honouring his memory by raising funds for the Anthony O’Brien Memorial Fund at Croí, Heart & Stroke Charity. A year after his passing, Anthony’s family, friends and colleagues at Corrib Oil organised The Anthony O’Brien Memorial Cycle from Athlone to Galway, raising over €95,000 for Croí. Anthony’s family and friends have also supported the Croí Race Day at the Galway Races each year by gathering in his memory and raising much needed funds for Croí. Due to the current crisis, the Croí Race Day has been cancelled but we have decided to organise a “virtual” event on Friday, 31 July in Anthony’s memory to raise funds for those suffering from heart disease & stroke.

Please take part in our Galway Race Day event and help raise vital funds for Croí, plus be in with a chance to win one of three great prizes!

Race event: Friday, July 31st, Galway Summer Racing Festival. Your chance to pick the winners across the full race card, where the first race commences at 4:50pm.


How to take part:

  1. Simply make a donation of €50 through the entry form below
  2. Select one horse per race (8 races in total) from the dropdown form below (which will appear when you start to complete the entry form)
  3. You must enter before 3:30pm on Friday, July 31
  4. Once you have picked 8 horses, just sit back and watch the races!
  5. Competition winners will be announced before end of day Tuesday, Aug 4th, on the Croí website


Prizes to be won:

1st Prize: The Lodge at Ashford Castle Overnight stay for 2 with Breakfast in a Courtyard Deluxe Room

2nd Prize: Bed & Breakfast for two at the Eccles Hotel & Spa, Glengarrif, Cork

3rd Prize: 3 Course Dinner for two at Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe


How does it work?

For each race, you will gain points if your horse finishes in the top three. The greater the price (odds), the more points you gain. For example – if your horse is returned at 12-1 and finishes first you get 12 points, finishes second you get 6 points or finishes third you get 4 points. So starting price (odds) and finishing in the top 3 places determines the points you gain. Should there be a tie at the end of that day, a race will be picked on the Saturday to determine the winner with the same rules applying.



If your horse is a non-runner and you discover this before 2.30pm on Friday, you can change your selection by emailing If there is a non-runner after 3.30pm, you can’t change but you will be given an automatic pick.


It’s a game of luck so best of luck!

My Summer Cycle for Croí

1st August 2020 12:00 am - 11:45 pm Your Choice!
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We are thrilled to announce ‘My Summer Cycle for Croí’, taking place this August Bank Holiday weekend!

Date: August 1 – 3, 2020, you pick!
Route: Your favourite route!
Distance: Your choice!
Cost: €25, all proceeds to Croí
All registrants receive a special Croí Summer Cycle neck snood!

All ages and cycling abilities are welcome to take part and help us raise much-needed funds to support our work in fighting heart disease and stroke.

We encourage participants to try and fundraise €1 for every kilometre cycled in aid of Croí. To set up your own fundraising page, click here.

Croí is facing an unprecedented challenge as those living with cardiovascular disease are also the group most vulnerable to COVID-19. Due to the burden this crisis has had on our health service, those suffering with cardiovascular disease are now disadvantaged and underserved and need our support, now more than ever. Please register now and help us continue to serve those most vulnerable.


Register Here:

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Quidel 100km Challenge for Croí

23rd May 2020 - 24th May 2020 12:00 am Co. Galway

Event organised by Quidel Ireland

The Quidel Ireland team are taking part in Quidel 100 km Challenge on Saturday 23rd of May.

100% of proceeds are in aid of Croí.

A message from the Quidel Team:

Croí has always worked tirelessly to respond to the needs of those living with cardiovascular disease and will continue to do that during the COVID-19 crisis. Those that they serve are also the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and with your support, they can continue to provide them with ongoing support they will need over the coming months.

We hope you can help us by donating whatever you can. Click here to give now. All donations are processed securely.

Many thanks for your support.

Virtual Run to Ruislip, in memory of J.P. Duffy

30th May 2020 - 31st May 2020 12:00 am Co. Sligo

Event organised by Curry GAA Club

Last November, Curry GAA in Co. Sligo were deeply saddened by the passing of their friend and key club member, JP Duffy at the age of 54.

This May 30th, to mark JP’s 55th birthday, Curry GAA will be taking on a 24hr virtual run from their club grounds to McGovern Park in Ruislip, London, marking important locations along the way which played a part in JP’s football career. In total, the Mens and Ladies adult teams will be completing 858km between them.

Support Curry GAA as they take on this mammoth challenge in memory of JP Duffy. All proceeds from this event are in aid of Croí.



Date: May 30th, 12 midnight to May 31st, 12 midnight

Leg 1: Curry GAA Club to McHales Park, Castlebar (43.5 km)

Leg 2: McHale Park to Fr. O’Hara Park, Charlestown (37.2 km)

Leg 3: Fr. O’Hara Park to Croke Park (204 km)

Leg 4: Croke Park to Ruislip GAA Grounds, London (573 km)

Total: 858 km


Follow their progress on Facebook and Twitter.