The waves crashing along the green, hilly coastline of southwest
Ireland are your guide for nearly the entire 13.1 miles of the half
marathon at the annual Dingle Marathon & Half Marathon, which
takes runners on an out-and-back loop course for the full, 26.2-mile
marathon and a point-to-point course for the half, from the town from
which the Dingle peninsula gets its name to the village of Dunquin,
nestled just inland from the waves and the shoreline at the western
edge of the peninsula.
With a course that features "several interesting ups and downs," race
organizers say, the Dingle race's half marathon event begins with the
full and follows the same course for the first half of that race,
taking runners through villages like Ballyameenboght, Ventry and
Ballincota on its way southward and westward toward Slea head along the
coastline. The course is described as "challenging," with terrain that
follows the natural dips and rises of the land along the ocean, but
also features breathtaking views of the water and the nearby
Blasket islands off in the distance.
Participants running in the half marathon finish their race in the
village of Dunquin at the half-way point of the full marathon, whose
runners continue on for another 13 miles for the loop back to the
starting line for the finish. Refreshments and bus transportation back
to the start will provided for all half marathon finishers, and the
event is open to walkers, runners, joggers and "fun runners" alike.
Weather & Climate
Located along Ireland's southwestern coast, along what is known as the
Dingle peninsula, the town of Dingle and its surrounding areas
typically enjoy warmer, sunnier weather conditions for a greater part
of the year than areas further north in Ireland, and milder winter
seasons. Rain showers are always a possibility year-round, and the
peninsula experiences temperatures averaging around 5°C in
January and as high as 23°C in July and August.
€55 for the half marathon
€65 for the full marathon
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2011 running of Ireland's
Dingle Marathon or Half Marathon, register
online at the event website
Marathon Course Map
Your Race Story
Ever run in Ireland's annual Dingle Marathon or Half Marathon?
your impressions and read fellow runners' stories
and tips for the event.