While many of the world's most famous marathons are traditionally associated with a city route, the Connemara International Marathon presents a fresh new version of 'the marathon' and its surroundings.
From humble beginnings in 2002, the Connemara Marathon has evolved in recent years to an international marathon attracting a wide variety of runners from all continents. Fifty Percent of entries now come from outside of Ireland with the United Kingdom and America strongly represented over the past number of years.
The Connemarathon is known for its dramatic setting of mountains, glacial lakes, rugged green-brown landscape and a challenging route that brings the participant through some of the most stunning countryside in the world. The route follows the picturesque shores of Lough Inagh under the Twelve Pins (also known as the Twelve Bens) before rising up over the great expanse of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord.
The Fáilte Ireland Connemara International Marathon hosts Ireland's only On-Road Ultra Marathon - it is run over a distance of 39.3 miles (One and a half marathons) and start at 9:00am, an hour and a half before the Connemara full marathon. The "extra" thirteen miles of the ultra-marathon route takes participants from race HQ in Maam Cross to the full marathon starting line beside Lough Inagh. The Connemara ultra marathon tests runners to their limit on a stunningly beautiful course.