Ireland, known for its lush and vast green space, is no foreigner to the marathon. Some of the oldest and fastest race courses stretch across the Irish countryside and into its c
ity limits. Fun and creative, many races revolve around community and charity. The Dingle Marathon, covering the outlands, is known as one of the most spectacularly beautiful runs in Europe, while the Cavan Christmas Dash takes place down the streets of Cavan town.
From half marathons such as the famous Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon to ultras such as the Connemarathon, which has bragging rights of its own, marathons are a great way to get your green on and explore every inch of this incredibly beautiful and serene country.
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Long winding route out if the city onto back roads. Plenty of locals on hand with goodies. Oh and the route did visit a whiskey distillery (oddly)... Nope I did not partake mostly because I was in my own world of hurt to notice 😂
A tough road ultra with the last 13 miles very hilly. You will hit a climb known as "The hell of the west" around mile 35. The name is apt with a tough 2 mile uphill slog. Local people line the hill cheering you on and giving you that little extra motivation when it's needed. The good part is when you summit you can almost see the finish line 2 miles distant, and it's all downhill.
The scenery is magnificent for the full 39.3 miles and it's worth taking on the ultra distance to experience this alone. Be aware and come prepared, in Connemara you can get all four Irish seasons in one race...Sun, wind, rain and one time we even had snow. Magic! Put it on your bucket list, you won't regret it. I've completed it 6 times, 3 full and 3 ultra and I'll be back for more.