15 September 2012 Sligo will be welcoming athletes to come share in the unique experience that is a Marathon and Half Marathon in County Sligo. Set against the backdrop of Yeats Country, the routes are truly spectacular. Breathtaking lakeside roads and mountain views will make for a memorable experience for all athletes. The full & half marathons skirt Lough Gill, taking in views of the Ox Mountains and Yeats Isle of Innishfree.
The Half marathon will challenge runners to Beat 'The Squirrel'. It attacks at the 11km mark and is 800 meters of Grade 5 hill. Short but challenging and the reward is 10km of easy going and predominantly downhills.
Marathon launch - and they're off! Update13.06.12
After the launch of the Sligo City marathon recently runners across the region are limbering up and getting ready for the first ever official marathon in Sligo.
Media partners to the event Ocean Fm are delighted to be involved in what we hope will become an annual fixture in Sligo. "This is a landmark for Sligo. The explosion of interest in sport and keeping healthy has been huge and we are happy to do our bit in making sure the event is well publicised", said Daniel Browne from Ocean FM.
"We are delighted to be associated with what is sure to become one of Sligos most prestigious sporting events", Rosaleen Doolan, Carers Association
"Its great that a large scale event such as a Marathon has come to Sligo. It is sure to benefit Sligo as a whole and in particular help give a much needed boost to the local economy. We are delighted to be supporting such a great event for our county" Fergus O'Donovan, General Manager, Radisson Blu, Sligo.
"The marathon route is truly spectacular. Around lough Gill, the views are breathtaking and we get to show off just what our county has to offer", Shane O'Doherty PR Manager, Lough 10km marathon Swim
A big thanks to all our sponsors: Radisson Blu, Ocean FM, Sligo IT, Ensen Environmental Consultants, Sligo County Council, Sligo Sports & Recreation Partnership, Betfair and our Charity Partner 'The carers Association"
Update May 31st 2012
It’s official – we have a Marathon
The first ever full marathon to be held in Sligo is due to be launched on July 7th at the Radisson Hotel, Rosses Point.
Ocean FM are proud to be media partners of the event and look forward to helping give people advice and assistance on air and on line about everything from training to safety tips, times and routes.
In what promises to be one of the most scenic marathons in the country the route that has been approved will bring runners around Lough Gill.
For those not wanting to commit to the full marathon there will also be a half marathon. Both routes will start and finish from the Knocknarea area.
“The course has just been awarded our Road Course Measurement Certificate which now means Sligo has its first officially measured marathon route”, said Daniel Browne from Ocean FM
Keep tuned to Ocean FM and stay on line for further developments.
Update 3rd April 2012
September 15th will see Sligo City take on its first ever Marathon event, which promises to be one of the most scenic marathon routes in the country.
Ocean FM are delighted to be supporting the event as a media sponsor as part of our community events program.
The organisers are kindly offering both a half marathon, named, “The Squirrel” which is 12 miles long, as well as the full month 24 mile event around Lough Gill.
The start and finish of the races will be at the Knocknarea arena at the Sligo Institute of Technology.
Each competitor will be given a chip which will be in your race pack which you collect at race check-in. The chip will be attached to your race bib. A Start/Finish timing clock will be clearly visible at the start/finish line.
All race times will be available immediately after you finish from the Precision Team. Results will also be visible from the large results screen at the finish line. Results will be instantly posted to this website.
Directions along the route can be found on the Sligo City Marathon website.
There will be activities for family and friends of competitors on the day as well as substantial parking facilities for competitors and spectators.
Along the route there will be aid stations every six kilometres which will be manned by volunteers from the careers association which is the nominated charity for the event.
For more information on the event contact; www.sligocitymarathon.com