Busy Times Ahead for Tribal Running

February 09, 2024

Tribal Running are gearing up for a busy period of races in February and March ranging from Cross Country races and Trail races to the Galway City Mile race and an Easter Sunday 5k. 

With all of this in mind, Run Republic spoke to Sean McDermott of Tribal Running to talk about this busy period and learn a little bit more about each event that's on the horizon.

First of all, the Galway Cross Country series reaches it's penultimate week when runners take to ATU Galway on Saturday February 17th for what is essentially Cross Country in the city!

McDermott told Run Republic that is promises to be 'a great event for families, with a distance to suit all ages from 6yrs up and all done in an hour from 11am (first race off) til 12 noon with complimentary fruit from Terryland Fruit & Veg Market as well as hot chocolate, tea, and coffee.

'Round 6 and last day of the series is on Saturday 2nd March at Rosshill Park (beside Galway Crystal) which is a roller coaster trail event.'

March 8th sees The Sunset Mile return for a second year at Doughiska Community Garden. This is a free event put on by Tribal Running to celebrate International Women's Day.

'This event is suitable for all ages from 8yrs upwards and also features a mens mile race after the ladies race'

Following on from this, the St. Patricks Day Green Mile returns to Galway for a third year and Sean told Run Republic that the event 'is a mile race before the Galway St. Patricks Day Parade on the parade route with crowds of thousands roaring on all the participants to the finishing line.

'With a fast start on University Road, the route takes in some iconic Galway sites, a lap of the Cathedral, crossing the Corrib at Salmon Weir Bridge, the Court House and Eglinton Street, the GPO, and then another fast run in to finish in the shadow of Brownes Door in Eyre Square.

'This event has received rave reviews from past participants saying that it was nothing like any other race they have competed in before due to location and crowd interaction. The mile is suitable for runner from 8yrs + with a great family price online.

'All proceeds will go directly to GOAL to support vital emergency response, resilient health and sustainable livelihood programmes reaching vulnerable communities across Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Ukraine.'

St. Patrick's Day 2023
St. Patrick's Day 2023

Closing out a busy period for Tribal Runners, Easter Sunday sees the second edition of the Easter Lily Remembering Aoibhe 5K Road Race which is based in Doughiska, Galway City East.

'This year we are Supporting the ACT FOR MENINGITIS charity which does super work. 

'The race starts high up on the Doughiska road and has a super fast first kilometre, definitely a course for anyone trying to get a new personal best or get a tune up before the great Galway 5km series in April.

'The race will finish on the grass track in Doughiska, which Tribal Running get lined each Spring/Summer for the local community/clubs to try out track running for themselves. There will also be 2 kids races on the grass track.'

McDermott rounded off our conversation by stating his desire to see the Galway Athletics County Board and Clubs promoting these events which are put together with the betterment of Athletics in Galway and beyond in mind. 

'It would definitely help raise the profile of the sport and open it up to all groups/cultures in the county to access events and clubs as we try to filter all participants into local clubs.'

With a busy period to come for Tribal Running and the evenings beginning to get longer and brighter, there's no better time to sign up for some of these events and get running alongside like-minded people!

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