The warriors run takes place on sat August 31st in Strandhill Co. Sligo. The route is multi-terrain 15 km including an ascent to the top of Knocknarea. To coincide with this Love Leitrim are running a sponsorship drive for one of our members Jamie Murphy who is participating in the event. Love Leitrim is a totally voluntary group who for the past 2 years have done a huge amount of work in raising awareness about the dangers of fracking. They have been inolved in a diverse range of activities including public meetings, petitions, leaflets, participating in local community events, lobbying decision makers and gaining the support of high profile people such as Christy Moore, Glen Hansard, Arun Gandhi, Kila, Eleanor Shanley and players for Sligo Rovers and Leitrim GAA.
The Warriors Run takes competitors from the Cannon Gun at the beachfront in Strandhill to the top of Knocknarea, around Queen Maeves Cairn and back to the beachfront again. For the uninitiated, a 15 Kilometre race might seem easy. Not the Warriors Run! The race is classified as a road and hill race or multi-terrained, so whilst approximately nine of its kilometres are on paved roads, it is the special six kilometres in the middle, to the top of Knocknarea that gives the race its bite. These six kilometres include a 700 foot climb through fields, loose gravel, unsurfaced and heather paths. At its steepest incline on the way up, even the most professional athlete slows to a walk and then brace themselves to face the equally daunting downhill run, back down the often slippery slopes, even in the driest of weather.
Despite the endurance trait of the race, each year around 800 runners take part in this unique event to cross the finish line at the beachfront and earn the honour of being able to say that they completed The Warriors Run.