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Ireland > Clare Burren Marathon Challenge - Half Marathon
Ballyvaughan, Ireland



Saturday, May 23, 2009

Event Details

Runners get the chance to trek across paved roads, gravel roads, natural surface trails and green roads at the annual running of Ireland's Clare Burren Marathon Challenge, which welcomed nearly 1,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair participants for the event's three races at its 2008 running, including a full marathon, half marathon and six-mile "Mini" marathon. Named for the natural limestone deposits of this part of Ireland -- the country's rugged, untamed western region -- the race takes runners through much of the area known as the Burren, whose ancient limestone formations contain dozens of caves and ancient tombs, and where you can find the ruins of forgotten villages and what locals call "green" roads, where you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car.

Organized and hosted by the Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club, the event's 13.1-mile half marathon begins at the same starting line as both the full and the mini marathons, in the village of Ballyvaughan. From there, runners and walkers follow an out-and-back loop course in a clockwise direction, out from the village toward Feenagh, Newtown and Croagh North, all the way toward Glenfort, where participants leave the paved road and head out onto the green road, after passing by Rathbourney Church near Poulacapple.

The course keeps runners out on the green roads for the next few miles as it makes its way through tree-lined trails and along rural farmland roads, passing by much of the scenery for which Ireland is well-known the world over, including sheep grazing along the roadways, green grassland hills and ancient stone fencing throughout the countryside. Runners make their way through the Gleninagh South region and then re-join the paved roadways as they near the coastline of Galway Bay once again, turning right onto R479 (The Burren Way) and heading back southeast toward Ballyvaughan for the race finish.

The race begins at 9:00 AM local time, and while the full marathon and half marathons are open to runners and walkers only, the mini marathon is also open to wheelchair participants and welcome entrants of all ages (participants must be 16 years of age or older to compete in the full and half marathons).

Race Weather & Climate

Perched along the rocky shoreline of Galway Bay, across the water from the city of the same name and just over an hour's drive from nearby Limerick, the village of Ballyvaughan in western Ireland typically experiences warmer, drier and sunnier conditions in the high season of the spring and summer months than in the winter, though rainfall is common year-round as well as sometimes chilly temperatures. In May, the area's average monthly temperatures range between 14°C (57°F) and 7°C (45°F), while the area averages about 19 rainy days during the month.


€30 for the 13.1-mile half marathon
€40 for the 26.2-mile full marathon
€25 for the 6-mile Mini Marathon


To reserve your spot in the spring 2009 running of the half marathon at Ireland's Clare Burren Marathon Challenge, print out and mail in this downloadable entry form.



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