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Ireland > Connemara International Marathon, Half Marathon & Ultramarathon
Maam Cross, Ireland



Sunday, April 11, 2010

Event Details

Filled with rugged hills, glacier-carved lakes and views of the dramatic mountains of the Connemara region of western Ireland off in the distance, the Connemara International Marathon, Half Marathon and Ultramarathon (also called the "Connemarathon") offers runners the choice of a 26.2-mile full marathon, 13.1-mile half marathon or the event's toughest challenge, a 39.3-mile ultramarathon that follows a loop course through many of the same villages, roads and highways traversed by runners in the first two races.

The event's half marathon race features a point-to-point course that starts near the village of Leenane, which lies at the head of Killary Harbor surrounded by mountains and is often called the "gateway to the Connemara." From there, runners follow the course roughly southward for the entire 13.1 miles of the race, hitting the biggest hills in the early going and near the end of the race -- runners hit the steepest uphill stretches of the course between mile markers 1 and 2, when the elevation climbs from just above 10 meters above sea level to over 80 meters above sea level; and between mile markers 10 and 11, where the elevation climbs to nearly 100 meters above sea level.

All throughout the race -- which takes runners from Leenane through Munterowen, Breenaun and Teernakill south to the finish line at the village of Maam Cross -- runners will encounter the sights and sounds that this wild, rugged region of the country is known for: stone fences, rocky brown-and-green hills and mountains, rainy and misty weather conditions, sheep herds grazing free along the road, and the warmth and friendliness for which the Irish are known among the volunteers and fellow runners you meet at the race.

Since its first running in 2001, the event has grown from just over 70 runners at its inaugural race to more than 3,500 participants at its spring 2008 running, thanks especially to the addition of the ultramarathon in 2004. Both the half and the full marathons are open to walkers as well as runners (the ultramarathon is for runners only). Those running the ultramarathon are the first to start, at 9:00 AM local time, followed by those running the full marathon (10:30 AM) and the half (12 noon).

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled among the hills and mountains of western Ireland's Connemara region, about a 45-minute drive northwest from the city of Galway, the village of Maam Cross typically experiences weather conditions much like those throughout this rugged western part of the country, with plenty of wind and rainfall, especially along the coast, and often chilly temperatures in the late winter and early spring. In March, the average monthly temperatures in nearby Galway range between 9.5°C (49°F) and 3.2°C (38°F).




To reserve your spot in the spring 2010 running of the Connemara International Marathon, register online at the event website.



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