Brandon Bay Half Marathon

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Does the idea of running while surrounded by some of Ireland’s most breathtaking beauty appeal to you?

Do you like to spend warm, sunny, summer days on the beach? Well look no further. The Brandon Bay half marathon & 10k run, Ireland’s first & only running event entirely run on a beach, will take place in Maharees, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry.

This unique event will take place on the golden sands of one of Ireland’s longest beaches as it wraps around Brandon Bay, under Ireland’s second highest peak the majestic Mt. Brandon & the Slieve Mish mountains.

Participants will complete both distances along the wide open beach, with an ‘out and back’ course which will both start & finish in the famous Maharees peninsula.

The event is being organised to coincide with the hugely popular annual Castlegregory Summer Festival which means there will also be a wide range of exciting events going on around the area to provide fun for all the family.

All proceeds go to local community projects.

Make history! Be part of the first ever half marathon & 10k running event solely set on a beach. Challenge yourself and enter one of Ireland’s most unique running events this year. The Brandon Bay half marathon & 10k run is open to participants of all levels and abilities – from first timers to professionals, and can be walked, jogged or run.

So, hit the beach this summer – register now for The Brandon Bay half marathon & 10k run, Ireland’s only running event entirely run on a beach! What a challenge!

Start times: depending on tide: Half marathon: 9:00am / 10k run: 10:00am.

On feedback from previous years' participants, we will be staggering the start times for each event which will generate a great atmosphere around the end line as all participants will be arriving back together. There will be water, fruit and hot soup for all at the end of the race, perfect after such a challenge.

This event can be run, jogged or walked & starts and finishes at Fahamore in the Maharees for both the half marathon and the 10k. Please note, the start time of this event is based on tide times for obvious reasons.


As with the last 2 years we will be providing each participant with a race number & timing chip, so whether you run, walk or jog your exact time will be on hand afterwards.

Health & Safety:

There will be an ambulance service on site all during the event and we will be liaising with the safety officer to create a safe and well organised event. Please note the course is entirely on the beach so runners will possibly get wet as there are some small streams crossing the beach!

Local information:

For Registration and local information and links to accommodation etc follow this link.

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