THE upcoming Lakes of Killarney Marathon on Saturday, May 18 would love to lay claim to being the first full marathon ever held in Killarney but we were in fact beaten to that honour 49 years ago. However, as none of the competitors from that race in 1964 are expected to compete this time around we can rightly claim to being Killarney's first full marathon of modern times.
Runners now have the chance to run a marathon in the unparallelled beautiful surroundings of Killarney National Park with the race being run almost entirely within the boundaries of the National Park. The full marathon will be three laps of a route around the Knockreer Demesne and Ross Island.
The half marathon will be a lap and a half of the same loop. The race will pass through the Castlerosse hotel at the end of each lap where the race will finish also.
The are three options: the full marathon, the half marathon or the three-person relay option for the full marathon.
In an era of high entry fees this is the best value marathon in Ireland at €35 for the full, €35 for the half and €60 for the team option. Each finisher will receive a bespoke medal and a technical t-shirt.
The race will be run under Athletics Ireland rules on a certified measured course. There will be hydration/ food stations every 3km, post race refreshments at the finish, professional timing, changing/shower facilities and medical cover on the course.
Places are limited so early entry is vital to avoid disappointment. Online entry and postal entry forms are available at www.lakesofkillarneymarathon.com For more information contact the race organiser Alan Ryan on 087 6259892.