THE fourth Dingle Marathon will take place on Saturday, September 1 when an expected 3,000 participants will run or walk the course over a choice of three routes - a 50mile ultra marathon; a full 26.2 mile marathon or a half marathon.
"This is becoming one of Dingle`s busiest weekends. We have over 400 oversees entrants registered and we expect to have 3,000 runners and walkers take part in all the events," said Dingle Marathon co-ordinator Ken Dunne.
The event, which has grown steadily since it was founded, brings a welcome end of season boost to the local economy - as well as to this year's official charity, the Irish Cancer Society.
The ultra marathon is unique for the area and competition will be fierce among the runners.
Many serious athletes and hobbyist marathon runners will take part in the full marathon, while the half marathon is popular with both runners and walkers.
The unique element of the course is the stunning landscape of the Dingle peninsula. "The runner will be rewarded with a challenging course and beautiful scenery." said Ken Dunne
The Dingle Marathon is sponsored by The Kerryman, application forms are printed in this week's edition (see sports, page 102) and there's also a special offer for readers.
The official website of the event is www.dinglemarathon.ie and registration details and application forms are available on the site, along with vital information for runners and professionally designed training plans for all categories of participant.
Participants can raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society and a fundraising pack will be issued to entrants. "The Irish Cancer Society's resources are being stretched continuously. They do monumental work for cancer sufferers, said Ken adding that; "we would encourage entrants to raise funds for this crucial cause."
A list of supported charities is provided on the website.