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27-02-2010, 12:09   #1
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Galway City Marathon - anyone know any details?

A little birdie this week told me that planning is underway for a Galway City Marathon at the end of August.The website for the Galway 50k race is mysteriously labelled www.galwaycitymarathon.com - it looks like they're going to be holding an ultra and a full (and maybe a half?) on the same day as the Longford Marathon (29th August).

Does anyone have any insider info on this?
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27-02-2010, 22:12   #2
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Official announcment/launch will be quite soon, I believe.
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27-02-2010, 22:33   #3
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A little birdie this week told me that planning is underway for a Galway City Marathon at the end of August.The website for the Galway 50k race is mysteriously labelled www.galwaycitymarathon.com - it looks like they're going to be holding an ultra and a full (and maybe a half?) on the same day as the Longford Marathon (29th August).

Does anyone have any insider info on this?
Same day as longford. Surely there are other days they could have had it.
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28-02-2010, 08:09   #4
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Same day as longford. Surely there are other days they could have had it.
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28-02-2010, 22:46   #5
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It's first and foremost a World championship (50km) race. It also has a Marathon as part of the same event (amongst other things). From what little I know of the process the IAU (The international governing body for ultrarunning), they tend to sort out the calendar by taking into account how all the various championship ultrarunning races slot into the calendar together, which wouldn't include the longford marathon, or any other local race for that matter.
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01-03-2010, 12:54   #6
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The date is unavoidable, the organisers can't put it on other dates because of conflicts with existing races in the Galway area, other festivals and related accomodation availability in Galway City and their successful application to bring the World 50km Final to Ireland.

With so many Marathons and Half-Marathons on the calendar now (which is great) it must be almost impossible to avoid events occuring on the same dates, sure doesn't the Limerick Marathon clash with the Belfast Marathon and the Cork Marathon clash with the Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. *If Marathons / Events were a month apart from one another some would say they clash because it doesn't allow sufficient recovery time to do them all. I think it's great news that a top quality Marathon event will be coming to Galway at this time of year.
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02-03-2010, 11:59   #7
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I've been keeping an eye on this one as it would be nice to do a marathon in my home town before my body eventually says enough is enough. As it happens there is a good bit in the media this week about it and I'm told the website goes live later this week but the general bones of it are as follows:


The entry fee for the half-marathon is €45 and the full marathon is €55. There will also be a relay marathon and the world 50km championships on the same day. All entries within the first month will be eligible to win a prize of a trip to the Antarctic Ice Marathon, the southernmost marathon in the world. The course is fast and mainly flat - starting and finishing at Galway Harbour and encompassing all of Galway's main landmark features. It's a two-loop course for the marathon, with full road closures. There will also be a series of road miles in the city centre streets the day before the marathon. The intention is to make the event a quality, signature marathon event and running festival for Galway City, with an emphasis on also having fun. Runner's World magazine, the world's biggest selling running magazine, is evidently going to be a partner of the event, the first such partnership in Ireland.
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Is this from the same event organisers that ran the 10k and half marathon in Galway in October, Moycullen?

At least the prices seem to be coming down, 45 for the half and 55 for the full puts in perspective the outragous 60 euro charge by the organisers to run a 10k charity race there last year
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Is this from the same event organisers that ran the 10k and half marathon in Galway in October, Moycullen?

No but the guys behind this event have organised a lot of different events including the South Pole Marathon, the Celtic 100km race held in Galway last year and loads of different Ultramarathons.
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Just had a look at the website.

I really hope it's not an indicator of the overall standard of organistaion. Absolutely no information just a link to register.
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Marathon spelt marthon as well
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Methinks somebody has been reading this thread

edited...Sure no harm if it means they put accurate info up there. Did I read earlier that there is a half marathon the same day. I had been thinking of the longford half but if this is reasonably flat it will get my vote.

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From today's Indo-

http://www.independent.ie/breaking-n...y-2093266.html
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The Galway City 50k will be staged on 29 August 2010 and is part of the new Galway City Marathon running festival weekend. The marathon event will involve two loops of the City while 50k participants will run through the marathon finish line and then continue onto a short circuit through the city centre streets.
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That's going to be unusual. Not sure how it will work logistically, be interesting to find out
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About 10 years ago I was a spectator at the Canberra marathon, and they had a 50k going as well, with the same logistics: the 50k runners ran the marathon, went through the finish and then did another loop to make up the rest of the distance. It worked perfectly fine.
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