Rith was first organised in 2010 to promote the Irish language and to draw attention to the large Irish-speaking community all over the island of Ireland. Many different groups take part in this relay race event that is organised every second year during Seachtain na Gaeilge. Organisations, companies, schools, clubs, societies, colleges and other groups can all buy a kilometre of the race, which means that they get to run at the front for that kilometre, and to carry the special baton containing a message from the President of Ireland.
There are great things planned for Rith 2016, which will run for eleven days, pass through every county in Ireland (check out the map) and in which 30,000 runners will participate. The race will begin in Celbridge in Kildare on the 4 March, and will finish up outside the GPO in Dublin on the 14 March where the President’s message will be read out.
Rith 2016 is currently looking for volunteers who would be willing to work as stewards during the event. If you would be interested in travelling around the country with the rest of the Rith 2016 team, or would simply like to help out when the race passes through your county, fill in the form on this page. Further information about Rith 2016 can be found at www.rith.ie.