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Thousands Flock to Cork for Bumper Marathon Weekend


Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon to attract huge following.

Huge numbers of visitors are expected to descend on Cork this June Bank Holiday Weekend as the City sees a huge boost to the local economy. Up to 10,000 athletes will take to the streets on Bank Holiday Monday June 1st for the Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon.

The Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon promotes social as well as economic benefits for Cork with over 400 volunteers participating from a range of areas including the Emergency Services – St. John Ambulance, The Red Cross, Order of Malta and the Civil Defence, Athletics clubs, Sports clubs and groups and volunteers whose friends or relatives are running the marathon. Fourteen teams who have been training hard have entered from the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. The race promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages participants to get involved and get active.

“This is a huge boost to Cork City over the Bank Holiday Weekend that will attract local, national and international visitors to our city. The marathon places Cork on the map as a primary destination for holidaymakers, visitors and locals who are looking for a fun filled weekend when they choose where to go over a Bank Holiday Weekend.

“This is going to be a great weekend for Cork. We are really looking forward to people from all over either getting involved in the event or coming out to support the athletes. The tourism boost will be fantastic for the city,” said Jim O’Donovan, Race Director, Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon.

John Mullins, Chief Executive of Bord Gáis said: “Sport is seen as a major attraction for tourism and marathons in major cities around the world still remain the single biggest annual event in the calendar of activities.”

The Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon kicks off on Patrick Street at 9am sharp on the Bank Holiday Monday. It will touch the four points of Cork from North to South, East to West to include Blackpool, Blackrock, Bishopstown and The Lough. Runners have the option of running the full 26.2km marathon distance individually or as part of a relay team.

There are five legs to the relay race for teams of two to five runners. The first runner from each team will start the race at Patrick Street and complete their leg, or legs, before handing over to a team-mate at fixed change-over points, the distance between each ranging from just over three and a half miles to just over six and a half miles.

The Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon uses the ChampionChip to correctly gather the exact times each runner crosses the start and finish line of the race. The ChampionChip is attached to the runners shoelace so that when a runner crosses the finish line their time for the race will be electronically recorded.

The ‘Marathon for Everyone’, encourages individuals of all levels to get involved – from first timers to professional athletes, with the option of running the marathon as an individual or as part of a relay team. It is supported by Cork City Council which is committed to growing the event to become one of the major events in the Irish sporting calendar. The Irish Cancer Society has been nominated as the charity of choice for the event.

The Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon is part of a bumper June Bank Holiday Weekend for Cork which kick starts with Meitheal Mara’s annual rowing race ‘Ocean to City – An Rás Mór’ from Crosshaven to Cork City on Saturday, 30th May with Currach Crews from Annapolis USA leading an international line up of participants.

Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon Fast Facts
  • 2007 was the first Cork City Marathon in 21 years
  • Nearly 2,000 participants will take part in the 2009 individuals race
  • More than 1,500 teams will take part in this year’s Relay element
  • The race is organised by a partnership led by Cork City Council which is committed to supporting and growing the event
  • The marathon goes through the Jack Lynch Tunnel
  • Race starts and finishes in Patrick Street which is closed for the day
  • The race takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, June 1st, 2009
  • Hundreds of charities represented
  • Emphasis on participation: “The marathon for everyone”
  • Website on for more information

Stiofáin MacDháibhéad,
Bord Gáis Energy
Tel: 01 6021116
Mobile: 087 7991206

Nigel O'Mahony,
OMF Publicity
Carey House, Cork
Tel: 021 496 5000
Mobile: 086 249 7530,