The Sunset Mile Shines Bright on International Women's Day in Galway City

March 12, 2024

Tribal Running celebrated the second annual Sunset Mile with resounding success, marking International Women's Day with local flair and community support. This grassroots event has gained momentum, attracting more participants each year and creating a sense of camaraderie among locals. Despite the chilly evening, the warmth of community spirit and the breathtaking sunset over Merlin Woods made this year's Sunset Mile truly memorable.

The Sunset Mile has become a staple in the community calendar, drawing increased support from locals. Event organiser Sean McDermott was thrilled to see local children approaching them, eager to participate in the Mile for the first time. This influx of young participants reflects a "build it, and they will come" mentality, indicating the event's growing popularity and positive impact on the community.

Tribal Running Athletes and volunteers played a significant role in the success of the Sunset Mile. Meriam Jassim claimed victory in the ladies' Mile, while in the Men's Race, Tribal Running athlete Ian Egan displayed exceptional speed, outpacing younger competitors to secure the top spot. The local victories not only showcased the talent within the community but also highlighted the supportive atmosphere fostered by the event.

A notable highlight of this year's Sunset Mile was the enthusiasm shown by local teenagers who expressed interest in getting involved. This positive trend challenges the stereotype of the younger generation moving away from athletics in Ireland. McDermott was particularly delighted by the teenagers' engagement, hoping it signals a shift in the community's attitude towards sports and fitness among the youth.

Several female participants have already set ambitious goals for next year, indicating a promising future for the Sunset Mile. McDermott is determined to keep building on the success of the event, fostering a sense of community, and inspiring more individuals to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.

Merlin Woods once again played a starring role in the Sunset Mile, offering a stunning backdrop for the one-mile race. The Merlin Woods Community Garden, serving as the ideal space for the race start and finish, further enhances the event's connection to the local environment. The one-mile loop through the Woods captures the essence of the community's commitment to creating a unique and accessible athletic experience for all residents.

The Sunset Mile's success in celebrating International Women's Day and promoting community engagement highlights the positive impact of grassroots events in fostering a sense of togetherness. As the event continues to grow and inspire local participation, Sean McDermott and Tribal Running are optimistic about the future, aiming to make the Sunset Mile a staple celebration in Galway City for years to come.

Featured Image: The top three female runners, courtesy of Sean McDermott.

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