Connemara International Marathon (23rd April 2017)
The inaugural Connemara International Marathon (or Connemarathon) in 2001 had only 70 runners. Now this amazingly scenic race involves approximately 3,200 runners. Comprising of a Half Marathon, a Full Marathon and a 39.3 mile Ultra Marathon all taking place on 23rd April 2017.
The key to the event's success has been its ability to offer a unique package of experience. The popular sport of long-distance running is transformed for runners and walkers in the dramatic setting of mountains, glacier lakes, rugged green-brown landscape which winds in and around the challenging mountain wilderness of Galway in the west of Ireland. The course meanders past bogs, hills, lakes, and the Twelve Pin mountains rising up over the great expanse of Killary Lough, through the quiet village of Leenane, around the Maam Turk Mountains and all the way back up to Maam Cross.
International participants enjoy the Irish welcome, the sense of comradeship on the lonely route and unmistakeable buzz throughout the day. No other sporting event sends people away with such a taste of Ireland and all its highlights.