Organised by Manx Harriers for many it has become an annual ritual and time to renew old acquaintances with a number of universities organising trips for students past and present. . For many the social side is the highlight of the weekend with many taking advantage of the fairly liberal licensing laws. However, there are also a number of subventions to be won. In recent years a number of athletes have won several hundred pounds for the efforts over the week.
The festival has four main parts - three of these involve running and the fourth is for unwinding after a hard weekend's athletics.
Good Friday sees the start of the festival with a 10K road race in Port Erin. On Easter Saturday afternoon, the action moves to Peel in the west of Island for the hill race. Easter Sunday morning concludes the running with 5K events for men and women road relay (teams of 4) for men and a 5K road race for women on an out and back course along Douglas Promenade. Those without a full complement of runners will be allowed to form composite teams and whilst these cannot win a prize in the relay, they will be eligible for a fastest leg award.
The festival concludes with what for many is the highlight of the weekend. The prize giving on Sunday night. This is always a great night and features a disco and the famous beer drinking races.