The “Kerryman Dingle Marathon” 2010 has attracted huge overseas interest with 32% of the marathons current entries hailing from countries from as far as New Zealand, Malaysia and the United States. Taking place on the 4th of September, close to 1,000 runners have already registered for the marathon, and by race day this figure is expected to hit over 3,500 participants, bringing in an estimated €1.5 million in extra revenue to the area.
The course will see athletes partake in a unique run passing beautiful scenery, idyllic villages and historical sites, providing a natural lift of spirit for all the runners. This year the “Kerryman Dingle Marathon” is offering its participants the choice of the full marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles) or new to this year, the Ultra marathon (50 miles).
The Ultra marathon will be held as the National 50 mile title and is an International Association of Ultra Runners labelled event. Over half of the runners registered for the Ultra are travelling from the UK, showing the increase in this type of running in our neighbouring country.
According to Race Director Ken Dunne “the marathon taking place on a Saturday rather than a Sunday has been a huge factor in the high numbers of overseas competitors. The feedback we received from runners last year was amazing – they were delighted to be able to participate in all the extra activities and side events that we organised for the entire weekend. This year we’re doing it bigger and better ranging from surprises on the course, to the Denny BBQ, Pasty Party’s and live music throughout the town for the weekend.
Entries for all distances are currently open and runners can register on www.dinglemarathon.ie. All are welcome to run on behalf of a charity of their choice or one of the charities currently involved with the marathon.