Clare Burren Marathon – a unique Challenge!

Clare Burren MarathonThe sixth annual Clare Burren Marathon Challenge takes place on Saturday May 25th 2013.

A unique event organised by The Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club, taking participants both on road and off road across the breathtaking Burren terrain. This is now a recognised fixture on the Irish running and walking calendar with a mix of three courses, Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Mini-Marathon where runners and walkers of all fitness levels are welcome.

All the routes wind along green roads and trails from the village of Ballyvaughan. The full marathon route takes you over the Cahervalley, Fanore and Black Head with its glorious views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. The half marathon route takes you over Gleninagh with magnificent views of Connemara while the mini takes you around by Cappananwalla with its views of Aillwee and Ballyvaughan.

All three routes take you back to the finish line by the pier in Ballyvaughan. The event is about participation, challenging yourself … and above all enjoying the scenery, the landscape and the experience.

This is a wonderful way to experience the Burren. Green roads and pathways carpeted with orchids and gentians combined with incredible views over the lunar landscape and Galway Bay make this marathon challenge the most unique in Ireland.

The first Burren Marathon Challenge was run in 2008 and since then participants of all ages from all over Ireland and abroad have returned each year to experience this challenge. This years event will hit the scenic roadways, trails, byways and beach routes of this stunning Burren landscape, creating an exciting and sensational challenging mix at a time when the area is truly in Bloom. Starting at the Pier in Ballyvaughan at 9am on Saturday May 25th, all participants will be chip timed.

This spectacular event is supported by Clare Sports Partnership and the Main Sponsor is Logues Lodge, Ballyvaughan. The event enjoys exceptional local support from landowners and club members who dedicate their time and energy to making this the most unique and adventurous marathon challenge in the country. Organisers are very aware of the sensitivity of the Burren and aim to leave no trace with zero waste and active safety policies in place.

The route is clearly marked and course stewards provide water stations, with fruit and chocolate bars at several points along the route. On the day, medical support is provided by ICRO and local doctors. Parking is organised in the village of Ballyvaughan.

Further information and Entry Forms can be found on the website –

All queries welcome at 087 7779714