Cross Country in the City - Embracing the Urban Trails

February 15, 2024

In a unique twist to the traditional cross-country running experience, the Galway Cross Country Series is set to conquer urban landscapes with its upcoming Round 5 at ATU Galway on Saturday, 17th February. Breaking away from the typical rural setting, this event promises a thrilling run in the heart of the city, making it an exciting opportunity for participants of all ages.

Traditionally associated with wide-open fields and rugged terrains, cross-country running is taking on a new dimension in Galway. The ATU Galway venue transforms the familiar cross-country atmosphere into an urban adventure. Participants will race with a city backdrop, adding a dynamic element to the race that goes beyond the traditional countryside trails.

As we have highlighted throughout this series, the inclusivity of each and every round is a vital aspect to the success of the six-race event. Sean McDermott of Tribal Running has put together a series where runners of all ages and abilities can get out an enjoy each race in high spirits with an atmosphere to match. 

Families can enjoy a day of outdoor activity together, as the event offers diverse distances tailored to different age groups. Sean told Run Republic that this inclusiveness is designed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for families in a fun and engaging way.

As if the thrill of city cross-country running wasn't enticing enough, the event organizers have gone the extra mile to provide post-race delights. Complimentary fruits from Terryland Fruit and Veg Market, along with hot chocolate and tea and coffee options, will be available. This post-race treat not only rejuvenates the runners but also fosters a sense of community, creating a memorable experience for all participants.

Galway Cross Country Series Round 5 at ATU Galway is set to redefine the traditional cross-country narrative by embracing urban landscapes. The event's family-friendly approach, time efficiency, and post-race treats make it an enticing option for both seasoned runners and those looking to dip their toes into the world of cross-country racing. As the city becomes the backdrop for this athletic endeavor, participants can expect a unique and invigorating experience that goes beyond the typical countryside trails.

So, lace up your running shoes, mark your calendars, and get ready to explore the urban trails of Galway in this exciting instalment of the Galway Cross Country Series.