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Ireland > Achill Half Marathon
Achill Island, Ireland



Saturday, July 3, 2010

Event Details

By turns shrouded in ocean mists and bathed in the warm summer sunlight of early July as the race progresses, the course for Ireland's annual Achill Half Marathon features ample views of the rugged, untamed natural beauty for which this westernmost region of the country is known. More than 1,700 runners crossed the finish line at the race's summer 2009 running, which follows the same course as previous years and will feature the popular post-race barbecue at the "Tented Village" near the event's start and finish line.

From the starting line in the village of Keel near the center of the island, runners head out on a counter-clockwise loop route that takes them along R319, through the villages of Cabaun, Closhreed River and Bunacurry on the way toward Dooniver and Doogort, after which the last few miles of the race unfold along Pier Road and Slievemore Road toward the finish line back in Keel. The race course takes runners along paved country roads throughout both the island's interior and along portions of its coastlines, along Blacksod Bay along the island's northern side and with views of Camport Bay along its southern side.

And while the course includes some flat stretches, it also features numerous hills, in keeping with the kind of terrain one might expect in Ireland's western regions. Separated from the rest of the country by the narrow Achill Sound, the island -- like Ireland itself -- offers visitors seemingly every shade of green, from the natural grasslands along the hills to the trees and native bushes runners will see plenty of throughout the race.

Part of County Mayo, Achill Island offers visitors plenty to do and see while they're on the island for the race. Travelers can experience part of Ireland's rich history at both the Tower at Kildavnet, a 16th-century era stone tower that still sits sentry over the nearby ocean along Achill's southern-side Atlantic Drive, and the Deserted Village at Slievemore, where roughly 80 abandoned cottages still sit at the foot of Slievemore Mountain, offering a glimpse into what life was like centuries ago in this corner of Ireland.

The race is open to runners, walkers and wheelchair participants, and the race starts and finishes at Keel Caravan Park.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled just offshore of the northwest coast of Ireland, about 130 kilometers by car from Galway and just north of the rugged beauty of Connemara National Park, Achill Island typically experiences weather much like that of the larger neighboring island to its east (the Irish "mainland"), which is to say it usually sees plenty of rainfall throughout the year, with temperatures in July and August that average between 16°C (61°F) and 14°C (57°F).


€60 per entrant
€6 transaction fee for online registrations


To reserve your spot in the summer 2010 running of Ireland's Achill Half Marathon, register online at the event website.



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