Beat the Street challenge begins in Northern Ireland
18 Sep 2017
A giant walking and cycling competition spanning Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Holywood that challenges local residents to see how far they can travel together in seven weeks has just begun.
At a launch event held on Wednesday, 13 September at Belfast City Hall, representatives from The National Charity Partnership, local schools, sports and community groups joined Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Nuala McAllister to celebrate the launch of challenge returning to Northern Ireland for a second year.
Lord Mayor Councillor Nuala McAllister said: “I’m delighted to support the Beat the Street challenge. More than 600,000 people have played Beat the Street globally and an impressive 30,000 of those players were from Northern Ireland last year.
“As part of our Belfast Agenda, we’re working to enable active, healthy and empowered citizens, so I’m looking forward to seeing thousands more people picking up their Beat the Street card this year, getting active and starting to build those points over the next seven weeks.”
Beat the Street is an innovative physical activity initiative that inspires thousands of people to get moving by involving local communities in a giant game. Running from Wednesday 13 September to Wednesday 1 November, Beat the Street will see schools, businesses, families and charities in Northern Ireland compete to see who can walk, run, cycle or scoot the furthest.
Hundreds of beeping and flashing sensors called Beat Boxes have been placed across Northern Ireland which can be tapped with free Beat the Street cards. These can be collected at your local library or leisure centre. Players can set up their own team or join one of the many teams playing in Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Holywood and start earning points and prizes.
The National Charity Partnership is funding Beat the Street in Northern Ireland as part of its ‘Let’s Do This’ campaign to help people improve their lifestyle and reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. To find out more visit www.lets-dothis.org.uk
To find out more information about Beat the Street, including where to pick up a Beat the Street card and map, visit www.beatthestreet.me/northernireland