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The Kerrys Eye Tralee International Marathon & Half Marathon is a genuine grass roots community event,where runners of all levels -from elite athlete to first timers-take on one of the most scenic routes in all of Ireland. Staged over St Patrick's weekend in Tralee.
The full and half marathon events debuted in 2013 and attracted almost 1,500 participants from all over the world. The local community has taken the event to heart-its already known as The Peoples Marathon as "a race organised by runners for runners"
The route of the marathon and half marathon will showcase the culture, heritage and beautiful landscape that Tralee and the surrounding area has to offer.
The route for the full marathon will bring the participants from Tralee to Ardfert, Barrow, Churchill, Fenit, Spa and Blennervillle finishing back in Tralee. The half marathon will follow much the same route as the full marathon, bypassing the Barrow, Churchill and Fenit section.
The Tralee International Marathon route is full of history and heritage; you will be running in the footsteps of Saint Brendan the Navigator the patron saint of sailors, explorers and travellers. St. Brendan reached North America 1000 years before Christopher Columbus.
Just 5 miles into the marathon route you will reach Ardfert which for centuries was the ecclesiastical capital of Kerry. St. Brendan founded a Cathedral here in the 6th century which the runners will see as they pass through Ardfert.
From here you will run to Tralee Golf Club (10 miles) where you will be greeted with breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Tralee Golf Club is ranked amongst the best golf courses in the world. The Course is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 10.
You leave behind Tralee Golf Club and head onto the halfway point of the race passing the 17th and 18th Century grave yards at Churchill. In Churchill graveyard, two unnamed sailors are buried. They were washed up at Fenit in 1918.
After Churchill you will run along a scenic road towards Fenit taking in the views of the Atlantic Ocean and Barrow Castle, in Fenit runners will run up the Pier to the St. Brendan Statue and arrive at mile 15.
After the pier in Fenit the route starts to head back to Tralee along a coast road with breath-taking views of Tralee Bay. The route will then then head through the Spa and the Kerries and into Blennerville.
The route runs alongside the canal and it was from here that a lot of Irish people set sail for America during the time of the Great Famine (1845 to 1848).
The marathon will finish in Tralee Town Park at the Ashe Memorial Hall named after Thomas Ashe who was born in County Kerry and took part in the Easter Rising of 1916.
The start of the ‘Full Marathon’ is at North Circular Road (Next to Dunnes Stores) and it will finish on The Mall in Tralee Town Centre. The Half-Marathon starts on High Street, Tralee and will also finish on The Mall in Tralee Town Center
– Friday –
Bib Number Pick up
(11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Fels Point Hotel & Conference Centre,
Dan Spring Road, Tralee, Kerry
– Saturday –
Bib number pick up (7:00 a.m to 8.30a.m, Fels Point Hotel & Conference Centre)
Full Marathon Start 9:00 a.m. – at the Fels Point Hotel.
Half Marathon Start 10:15 a.m. – at the Fels Point Hotel.
Awards Ceremony 1.00 p.m. at at the Ashe Hall.
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