Ras yr Iaith will commence from the Owain Glyndwr Centre at Machynlleth on Friday morning 20 June 2014 and finish about 7.30pm that evening on the Quay in Cardigan Castle. Along the way it will pass through the major towns of Ceredigion.
Individuals, families, local businesses and clubs, institutions and schools can sponsor 1 kilometre or more and will be given the honour of running with the Ras baton. It will cost £50 to sponsor 1 km. The whole school or village football team can run that 1 km. After running your sponsored kilometre you’re welcome to continue to run for free! Our dream is to see thousands of people running to celebrate the Welsh language.
The baton will be specially made for the run by Ysgol Gyfun Penweddig (the Welsh-medium high school in Aberystwyth) and sponsored by Mentrau Iaith Cymru. It will be passed on from hand to hand as the runners pass on their support for the language. Don’t worry – you’re not expected to run the whole route! This isn’t a run for athletes but a run for the Welsh language by the people of Wales. Our purpose is to celebrate the Welsh language, raise awareness of the language, raise money for Welsh language initiatives and show to the world that Welsh has grass-roots support and can bring people together – Welsh speakers, learners of the language; town and country and every class, race and ability.
The Ras is based on the Korrika relay run for the Basque language which was begun in 1980. The success of the Korrika lead to similar runs for the languages in Brittany (Redadeg) and Ireland (an Rith). Wales will be next, with us in Machynlleth and Ceredigion leading the way.
There’s an opportunity for everyone to be a part of the run, either through running, sponsoring or supporting – there’s no excuse for not being a part of this amazing, inclusive and positive celebration of the language which makes us unique among the world’s communities and nations.