April 10th The ever popular Achill Half Marathon & 10K race 2014, was officially launched on Thursday, April 10th, at the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation, in Our Ladies Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. “The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation is our charity partner for this year,” explained Pauric Corrigan of Achill Event Management, “and we are delighted to be able to raise awareness of the vital service this organisation provides for sick children and their families.” Mayo Footballer Enda Varley was at hand to model the 2014 event t-shirt and to help Achill Event Management and CMRF to launch the event.
The races will take place on Achill Island on Saturday, July 5th, and with the new 10k event a wide range of runners and walkers will get to enjoy the most beautiful course in Ireland. The race route is on the Wild Atlantic Way, giving runners a true taste of the wild, rugged west coast. Though it can certainly be challenging, it is also one of the most rewarding and most scenic on the AAI circuit, and a genuine welcome from local people will support runners around the course.
The organisers have a unique way of making sure all the runners are ready to go when the claxon sounds the start of the race. Siobhán Comerford, manager of Achill Tourism, described what will happen: “The local Pipe Band will lead the way to the start line, and this unique Achill tradition adds an interesting twist to the start of the race!”
The Achill Island race is famous in running circles for being superbly organised, with plenty of water stations, and it’s all done on a community, non-profit basis. A portion of the registration fees will be donated this year to the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation, as well as 100 places in each race where 100% of the registration fee will go directly to the charity. In response to feedback from more than 400 of last year’s runners, there will be cash prizes again for the first three males and three females past the finish line, as well as complimentary tea, coffee and sandwiches for runners and an official race party in the evening.
A fantastic weekend is guaranteed on Achill Island, which is only 2 hours drive from Galway and Sligo and 3.5 hours from Dublin. Drive on to the island over the iconic Michael Davitt Bridge and discover the wide range of accommodation options, and loads of things to see and do while you’re there. For more information on staying in Achill visit www.achilltourism.com.
Register now to avail of the lowest prices at www.achillmarathon.com. The registration fee for the Half-Marathon is currently €45, and it will rise to €50 on 5th May. The fee for the 10k is €25 from now until race day. Fáilte roimh go hAcaill!