Excitement Peaks as the IMRA West Sligo Women's Trail Series Kicks Off with Hazel Wood Race

April 05, 2024

The tranquil woodlands of Sligo are set to witness a thrilling spectacle as the IMRA West Sligo Women's Trail Series, in association with Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, prepares for its inaugural race, the Hazel Wood race. Scheduled for this Sunday, April 7th, this event marks the beginning of a series of untimed trail runs designed exclusively for women, promising an unforgettable experience filled with adventure.

The Hazel Wood race is tailored to cater to both seasoned trail runners looking for a new challenge and newcomers eager to explore the beauty of trail running. Covering a distance of 5 kilometres with a modest 38 metres of incline, the route is designed to be a perfect introduction to the world of trail running. Starting at 10 am from the Halfmoon Bay car park, participants will embark on a journey through the enchanting forest trails in an anti-clockwise direction.

One of the highlights of the Hazel Wood race is its meticulously marked route, ensuring that participants can navigate the trail with ease and focus on enjoying the scenic surroundings. The trail meanders through the heart of the forest, offering glimpses of lush greenery, serene pathways, and the soothing sounds of nature. As participants traverse the course, they will encounter a few small inclines that add a touch of challenge without overwhelming newcomers to the sport.

At the halfway point, approximately 2.5 kilometres into the race, participants will reach the old boat house. Here, the route loops back, guiding runners along the forest trail back to the starting point at the car park. 

Hazel Wood route.
Hazel Wood route.

The Hazel Wood race is not just about competition; it's about fostering a sense of community among women who share a passion for running and the outdoors. Participants can expect to forge new friendships, exchange stories and tips, and celebrate each other's achievements as they cross the finish line. The event encapsulates the spirit of inclusivity, encouraging women of all ages and fitness levels to participate and embrace the joy of trail running.

Moreover, the collaboration between IMRA West Sligo Women's Trail Series and Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership underscores a commitment to promoting active lifestyles and empowering women through sports.

As the countdown begins for the Hazel Wood race, anticipation and enthusiasm is palpable among participants and organisers alike. With its scenic beauty, well-marked trail, and welcoming atmosphere, this event promises to be the perfect start to an exhilarating series of trail runs that celebrate the spirit of female empowerment and outdoor exploration.

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