Changes On The Way For Marathon Series 2017

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Participants at the start of the Kerry's Eye Tralee International Marathon from the Aqua Dome on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Participants at the start of last year’s Tralee International Marathon.

IT may only be October, but people are already getting ready for the Tralee Marathon Series which will be getting underway on February 12, 2017, with the Valentines 10 miler.

This race was sold out last year and an appeal has gone out for participants to register as early as possible. The full Marathon gets underway on March 18 for the first time ever will have 5k, and 1ok, as well as half and full marathon.

New race director, Martin O’Sullivan, feels it’s essential that every type of runner experience the atmosphere of the marathon and is seeking to make it a more inclusive event.

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The marathon route is also changing and Martin says he hopes to keep the route for the next five years beginning and starting at Tralee Wetlands.

The marathon brings €1.8 million to the local economy each year. Each year many participants take part on behalf of local charities and to date over half million is estimated to have raised since the event commenced in 2013.

Martin says this year he would like the event, more than ever, to be a great experience for runners and supporters and every step is been taken to make this possible.

The majority of the funds from the event goes towards the development of the Harriers grounds in Tralee.  This year, for the first time ever, the grounds will have a track as well as floodlights which just would not have been possible without the Tralee Marathon. To find out more about the Valentines 10 miler, click here.

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