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.