Donegal was voted the coolest place on the PLANET in 2017. Are you ready for the challenge?
The Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon and Half Marathon takes place on the Wild Atlantic Way on the South West Coast of Donegal on July 19, 2020. The course consists of a Full Marathon (26.2 miles) from Killybegs to Glencolmcille, and a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) based in the Glencolmcille area. The course is spectacular and one of the most scenic courses in Ireland. The entire South West embraces the event, and everyone from participants to spectators get to ‘Experience’ Donegal at it’s best, and see why it got voted the ‘Coolest place on the planet’ in 2017 by National Geographic.
The Full Marathon starts in Killybegs and ends in Glencolmcille. The Half Marathon starts in Glencolmcille village and joins the Full marathon course with both events finishing at Glencolmcille Folk Village.
The Marathon starts in Killybegs Ireland’s largest fishing port, with a backdrop of the sea and Ireland’s largest fishing fleet. The course passes Fintra beach running adjacent to the coast approaching Largy, onto the coast road, past Shawly beach, with fabulous views toward Muckross Head, and Muckross beach. Participants will run through the quaint village of Kilcar, along the coast road to Carrick with the backdrop of Sliabh Liag across Teelin bay.
The course follows the countryside to reach Malin More village and proceed along the spectacular coastline through Malin Beag village to the turnaround at World famous Silver Strand beach 8km from home. Back along the coast to reach Malin More, and the awe inspiring view of Glen Head and the final downhill to the finish at Glencolmcille Folk Village. The marathon course is challenging with coastal roads but the experience and reward will make it all worthwhile,
The Half starts in Glencolmcille village and begins with a loop around the country roads and Glen village. The race will then proceed past the Folk Village (finish line) and do an out and back on the coast road. The race will climb toward Malin More and the mesmerising view of Glen Head, join the marathon course at Malin More and proceed with the marathon participants to finish back at Glencolmcille Folk Village. The route sits on the Wild Atlantic Way with amazing views along the entire course.
Half Marathon Till Oct 20th €40.00 Oct 21st - Dec 31st €45.00 / Jan 1st - July 1st €49.00
Full Marathon Till Oct 20th €50.00 Oct 21st - July 1st €59.00
Optional Insurance available - Full Refund Until 1 hr Before Event Starts
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Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon 2018
Half Marathon Results
Full Marathon Results
Friday: 3-6pm Saturday: 12-6pm. Race Pack Collection. Bay View Hotel, Killybegs
RACE PACK COLLECTION?
Bay View Hotel Killybegs - Friday 3-6pm; Saturday 2-6pm.
Race Morning Killybegs 7.00 - 7.30 (Marathon). Glencolmcille 9-10am (half marathon).
WHAT TIME DOES THE RACE START?
The full Marathon starts in Killybegs at 8am sharp on Sunday 19, July.
The Half Marathon starts in Glencolmcille at 10am sharp on Sunday 19, July.
BAG DROP - FULL MARATHON?
FULL MARATHON RUNNERS.
As the Marathon is a point to point - Killybegs to Glencolmcille there will be a van at the start line and runners can drop a bag to be taken to the finish line. Please note the van will depart at 8.45.
Marathon - Parking is available around the Killybegs town area. There are car parks on the Shore Rd close to the Start Line. Half Marathon - Parking is at the Glencolmcille GAA club grounds. Stewards will direct you, and it will be signposted.
Prizes for this year’s Marathon / Half Marathon are as Follows:
● Full marathon 1/2/3 Male - Female ● Half marathon 1/2/3 Male - Female
WHAT REFRESHMENTS AND TOILETS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE COURSE?
Water Stations - There are 8 water stations for the Full marathon; 4 for the Half Marathon placed approximately every 3 miles. Toilets are placed at approximately every 6 miles on the course. In addition to water, jellies and bananas will be available at Mile 9, Jellies, bananas and sports drink available at mile 15 and 21.
We expect participants to dispose of rubbish at or within 100m of the water stations. Please respect our beautiful County and dispose of rubbish responsibly. Snacks and refreshments are provided at the finish line, and a BBQ at the GAA clubhouse for all participants.
FINISHERS MEDAL AND T-SHIRT?
You will receive your event T-Shirt in your race pack at registration. Your finishers medal will be presented at the finish line.
ARE SPECTATORS PERMITTED ON THE COURSE?
Spectators are welcome along the route but must obey road traffic closures and restrictions around the event. Public health and safety are a priority for the event. Given the nature of the marathon course there is little opportunity to follow the race. It’s recommended that you pick a point and stay there until it is safe to proceed. Bicycles and motorised vehicles are forbidden on the marathon course unless they are official event vehicles.
WHAT SIDE OF THE ROAD SHOULD I RUN ON?
Runners / walkers must stay on the left hand side of the road at all times. While traffic is stopped in the direction of the runners, there maybe oncoming traffic, and access is needed for emergency or official vehicles. On the Coast Road in Glencolmcille runners meet each other, so you must stay on the left hand side.
CAN THE HALF AND FULL MARATHON BE WALKED?
Yes Walkers are allowed for both the Half and Full Marathon. This is a great way to participate in the event, and enjoy the amazing scenery. Time limits are 3 hrs 30 mins for the half marathon, and 7 hrs for the full marathon.
WILL THERE BE OFFICIAL TIMING?
Yes. Your race number contains a built in timing chip. You must wear your number to the FRONT. Official results will be posted on excelsports.ie shortly after the event, and on Social Media pages.
CAN I WITHDRAW FROM THE EVENT, SWITCH DISTANCES OR TRANSFER MY ENTRY TO A FRIEND?
Entry Fees are Non-refundable. Entries can be transferred or deferred until June 30. You may switch distances if required by contacting us before June 30 @ email@example.com Insurance option available on registration form - this alows you a full refund on entry up until 1 hr before the event starts.
ARE VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED?
Yes absolutely. The event cannot take place without volunteers, which become an essential part of the event team on Race day. Please contact us if you are interested in joining our team for the event, and we will be more than glad to welcome you. If you are part of a community, sports club or social group who would be interested in getting involved please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have medical Information that we should be aware of please let us know at registration. Write your medical information on the reverse side of your race number, so that our medical team can learn of any medical issues you may have. First Aid personnel are positioned around the course and directly at the finish line. If you are concerned about your health or fitness, you should consult with your doctor before entering the event.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE FOR PARTICIPATING?
You must be eighteen to participate.