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Ireland > Longford Marathon, Relay & Half Marathon
Longford, Ireland



Sunday, August 30, 2009

Event Details

Runners get a chance to trek through the fields, glens and rural roads of the Irish countryside right in the center of the country at the annual running of the Longford Marathon, Team Relay & Half Marathon, which takes place in the town by the same name that sits near the geographic center of this island nation. Open to runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors, this race features an out-and-back course that starts and finishes near Longford's Market Square on Ballymahon Street, and takes participants out along a combination of town center streets and quiet country backroads.

More than 900 runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors crossed the finish line in all races combined at the event's summer 2008 running (with more than 500 of those completing the half marathon), a number that has been growing steadily over the last few years as the race's popularity in Ireland has risen.

While past years have seen many volunteers and onlookers cheering participants on near the start/finish area, some past participants say the race can get lonely out in the middle stretches of the course, as there are often few spectators to speak of out there. Still, all report the race is a model of friendliness and hospitality, and the race organizers plan to have local musicians out to play for runners to cheer them on and inspire them toward the finish.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled in the heart of the northern half of Ireland, about halfway between Galway and Dublin, the town of Longford typically experiences weather much like that of the rest of the country's interior, which is to say plenty of clouds, occasionally cold conditions, misty rainfall and sometimes sunny breaks in the clouds. In August, the town's average monthly temperatures range between 17.7°C (64°F) and 10°C (50°F).


€44 for the half marathon if registered by August 1, 2009
€54 after Aug. 1


To reserve your spot in the summer 2009 running of Ireland's Longford Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at RunIreland.com.



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