Sanctuary Runners 6th Birthday

This year marks six years of Sanctuary Runners in Ireland. What started as a seed of an idea about connecting people new to Ireland with those living locally, has grown across our wonderful island. We are so grateful to those who have made this community the vibrant, fun and hopeful one that it is. To mark the occasion, we tell the story of six Sanctuary Runners.

We believe that building bridges in communities is more important now than ever before. We thank all our volunteers, supporters, members and funders for helping us spread the message of solidarity, friendship and respect. Anwar, Edel, Sylvester, Bettie, Bumni, Niall and hundreds of Sanctuary Runners like them make our communities stronger, give people a positive welcome to Ireland, and help us all get out for a walk or run!

Read more



Join a Sanctuary Runner group in Ireland today

For five years bringing people together in communities across Ireland including, and especially, asylum seekers and refugees. Be the change you want to see, lace up those runners and bring a smile!

The Sanctuary Runners enable Irish residents to run alongside, and in solidarity with, migrants, asylum seekers and refugees thereby fostering friendship, positivity and respect while bringing greater awareness to the migration system.

A non-profit, and multi-award-winning movement we use running to build sustainable bridges between communities and to show that we are all equal.

Join A Group

Click here to stay up to date with our newsletter