Extraordinary in these economic times that an event like this manages to sell out three months in advance - or is it? It's hardly surprising when you consider the marketing force and brand expertise behind this spectacular event. (That’s us by the way!)
3,200 people from 30 countries will ‘hit the wall’ in Connemara on April 1st, bringing a massive tourism boost to the area.
The Ronhill Connemara Marathon is a day of racing around a memorably scenic part of the west of Ireland, comprising three separate distances: a half marathon, a full marathon and a 39.3 mile ultra marathon. The 2011 event attracted a sellout 3,200 entries, with participants representing 30 countries.
The key to the event’s success is the unique experience it offers. The popular sport of long-distance running is transformed for runners and walkers in the dramatic setting of mountains, glacier lakes, rugged green-brown landscape and small country roads winding in and around the imposing wilderness of Connemara in the west of Ireland. The course meanders past bogs, hills, lakes, and the Twelve Pin mountains rising up over the great expanse of Killary Lough, through the quiet village of Leenane, around the Maamturk Mountains and all the way back up to Maam Cross. International participants enjoy the Irish welcome, the sense of comradeship on the lonely route and the unmistakable buzz that sets the day apart. No other sporting event sends people away with such a vivid taste of Ireland and all its highlights.
The addition of the 39 mile ultra marathon, launched in 2004, has proved an enormous success. Ultra distance running is growing in popularity throughout the world on a scale not seen since the marathon boom in the early eighties.
Please note that some charity entries are still available - check online for more details www.connemarathon.com/charities