Only one runner hits the road at a time and each participant runs both loops with a rest in between. A full Sionnach consists of 8 runners and 4 * 8 km loops to be completed. The mini Sionnach has 4 runners and 2 * 8km loops to be completed. The loops have been designed to showcase the best of Sligo with the route taking runners variously via Hazelwood, Lough Gill, The Wild Atlantic Way and through the town itself.
Entry is currently open at www.sionnachrelay.com and runners can either enter as a complete team or link up with other individual entrants via the Sionnach Facebook page and on twitter @sionnachrelay.
The focus is firmly on fun and runners of all fitness levels are welcome to take part. The Hub of the race will be at the Institute of Technology, Sligo where there will be camping space, live music, massage, yoga and various other activities to enjoy when not out running.
Teams are being encouraged to think creatively with prizes available for Best Team Name, Best Costumes and Best Team Tent. The official charity of The Sionnach Relay is the Irish Cancer Society and, by taking part, runners will be helping to raise much needed funds and in turn help the North West Hospice. Fundraisers can also choose to raise additional funds and those raising a further €100 for the official charity using the JustGiving system will get a second medal in recognition of their efforts.
Patrick McCarrick (Race Director) said “we knew that a lot of people had their plans for July 26 and 27 ruined and we wanted to offer an alternative weekend to music and running fans. Given the short timescales we decided a Mini-Sionnach was necessary and we are accepting runners and walkers now via the website – www.sionnachrelay.com.