Warriors Run – Saturday 26th August 2017
Welcome to Strandhill, Co. Sligo, home of The Warriors Run, one of Ireland’s toughest competitive races.
Strandhill village is 8 kilometres west of Sligo town, situated on the Atlantic seaboard and nestled at the foot of Knocknarea Mountain. On its summit (1,070 ft), sits a megalithic cairn where Maeve the legendary Queen of Connaught is reputedly buried. Each year runners from all over Ireland (and various parts of the world) converge on Strandhill to follow in the footsteps of her ancient warriors.
The Warriors Run takes competitors from the Cannon at the beachfront in Strandhill to the top of Knocknarea, around Queen Maeve’s cairn and back to the beachfront again. For the uninitiated, a 15 Kilometre race might seem easy. Not the Warriors Run! Despite the endurance trait of the race, each year around 900 runners take part in this unique event to cross the finish line at the beachfront to rapturous applause and earn the honour of being able to say that they completed The Warriors Run.
The Warriors Run is more than just a race. It is a two-day festival renowned for its post-race celebrations in the Warriors Marquee and the bars and restaurants of Strandhill. Throw in a visiting funfair for the kids, a 10KM Warriors Walk, a 5K Young Warriors Run and children’s races and bouncy castles at Strandhill Community Park – it has all the ingredients for a fun-filled weekend for all the family!
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