Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Official launch of the 2017 Cork City Marathon

Monday, December 19, 2016

Official launch of the 2017 Cork City Marathon

The 2017 Cork City Marathon will be held on Sunday the 4th of June.

 See below for the press release...

-Build your June Bank Holiday Weekend around the Cork City Marathon as organisers announce new race day of Sunday 4th June 2017-

Monday 19th December 2016: Swap your Sunday drive for a run, walk or jog as the 2017 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon launched today with a new race date of Sunday 4th June announced. After a decade of participants marking the end of their June Bank Holiday weekend crossing the finish line of the Cork City Marathon, organisers have answered the requests from past and potential participants to move this iconic race to Sunday.

Speaking at the launch of the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon, Race Director Jim O’Donovan commented on this exciting date change, “There is always great anticipation and buzz surrounding the launch of the Cork City Marathon but this year we cannot contain our excitement. We pride ourselves on constantly striving to build and develop the Cork City Marathon, ensuring that it is more than a marathon and instead one of the biggest Irish sporting events, open to everyone of all fitness levels and varying degrees of challenges. In previous years, we have welcomed the introduction of various innovative race categories, such as the Youth Challenge, to enable greater participation and this year is no different.

“Moving the traditional race day from Monday to Sunday allows more flexibility for visitors both nationally and internationally traveling to participate. Sunday also allows all participants an opportunity to celebrate their great accomplishment that evening, and gives athletes a day to rest and recover before heading back to their nine to five on Tuesday.”

With almost 10,000 participants last year and increased numbers expected in the Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, Inter-Services Championships and Youth Challenge, the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon has firmly secured its place on the Irish sporting calendar as one of the must-attend events of the year.  Over the years, the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon has become more than a marathon, recognised for its inclusivity. It’s for runners, walkers, wheelchair athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and supporters. It is for those looking for a way to get fit, to set a new personal best, a way to raise money for a local charity or a fun day out with family and friends.

The marathon is a platform for outstanding achievements and unforgettable memories. No-one will forget the heart-warming scene as 80 year old couple Kay and Joe O’Regan crossed the line hand in hand last year, or as Damien Coleman, Blackrock GAA set a new Guinness World Record running the marathon while soloing a hurley and sliotar.

“I would encourage individuals of all ages, levels and abilities to get involved in the 2017 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon. It will be a fantastic day in the city, and a great way for participants to take in the iconic Cork sights and sounds as they take to the streets. We’re calling on everyone, from first timers to professional athletes, to lace up your trainers and look forward to seeing you at the start and finish line!”, urged the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Des Cahill.

Now in its 11th year, the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is an internationally recognised marathon welcoming participants from home and abroad, with certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).  This marathon is a qualifying race for other marathons, such as the Boston City Marathon. The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon is a City Council promoted event in partnership with Athletics Ireland, Cork Business Houses Athletics Association (BHAA), An Garda Síochána, Cork Education & Training Board, Voluntary First Aid & Medical bodies such as St. Johns Ambulance, Irish Red Cross, Order of Malta, Cork Fire Services and Civil Defence as well as local groups and communities.  

Start your New Year off on the right foot by setting the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon as one of your 2017 goals, or give the perfect Christmas gift of entry to the running fanatic in your life. Remember, this is more than a marathon so entries are now open for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, Inter-Services Championships and Youth Challenge. Register now or find out more information on the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon 2017 online at For helpful training tips or to share your Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon journey follow them on Facebook and Instagram\corkcitymarathon or on Twitter @TheCorkMarathon #MoreThanAMarathon

About the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon
The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon was revived in 2007 after a break of 21 years. It reflected a growing interest or a rekindling of interest in road running that had peaked in the mid-1980s but had waned in the intervening years.
One of the innovations in the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon was the inclusion of a Team Relay challenge, with teams of between 2 and five members combining to cover the 26.2 mile distance. In 2013, a Youth Team Relay was introduced, providing an opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 18 to participate in what is one of the most challenging and rewarding sporting and personal achievements.


Anonymous said...

No athlete in the picture, a disgrace !!!

Unknown said...

Great news that it has moved to the Sunday

Anonymous said...

i think the hurler would disagree and I think the rest of the people in the picture are active runners!!!

Anonymous said...

One question? how will the race get past the many churches on the route?

D said...

I'm sure they're all athletes!? Is there a dress code now?

Anonymous said...

Same way as every other Sunday marathon does

Damien Coleman said...

Everyone in the picture runs. Even a couple of sub-3 hour marathons.
This distance is for everyone, not just elite athletes.