Ríth 2016 is set to begin at Celbridge House, County Kildare, on 4 March 2016. The relay run will last eleven days until it ends with a concert by Seo Linn in the heart of Dublin on the 14th of March. The Sligo leg will take place on the 10th of March. The route for the Sligo leg of the event can be viewed here: https://www.rith.ie/en/buy-a-kilometre/Sligo/
Rith 2016 is one of the main events to commemorate the 1916 Rising. A 700km course has been set for a relay run around Ireland, a baton changing hands between people and groups every kilometre.
The inaugural Rith event was held in 2010 with a 1000km course starting in which 10,000 people participated over 9 days. The second run was during 2012 and attracted 27,000 participants. More than 30,000 took part in Rith 2014. The runners carried with them a message of support for the Irish language from the President of Ireland, which was enclosed inside the race baton. The message is passed from runner to runner and kilometre to kilometre until it is read out at the end of the event.
Each kilometre will be sponsored by individuals, schools, community groups, businesses or other and cost €100. It is not necessary to buy a kilometre in order to take part, but it is those who buy a kilometre who will be to the fore of the run with the President’s message. A list of the towns can be found at www.rith.ie. Further information about Rith 2016 is available from firstname.lastname@example.org.