Rith 2016 is a national festival that will take place between 4 and 14 March 2016 as one of the main events of Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish language week). A 700km course has been laid out for a massive relay-race run, running from morning to night, from Cill Droichead (Celbridge) in Kildare, around the country to finish at the GPO on O Connell Street, Dublin.
A special hand-carved baton has been designed that will carry a hidden message throughout Rith 2016. At the end of the run, the message of support for the Irish language will be read out, followed by a party to remember!
Anyone can run on any part of the course. You don’t need to pre-register but if you want to be involved you can buy your own kilometre on www.rith.ie and for that part of the run, you and your group will lead the run and carry the baton!
Rith 2016 is a new way to celebrate the Irish language an culture in a way that is visual, fun, community based and can be celebrated throughout the island of Ireland.