Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon & Half Marathon 2023
May 21, 2023
The Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon is becoming one of Ireland’s Iconic road marathons, running entirely along the Wild Atlantic Way. Over 30 countries registered for the 2022 event. This event gains lots of International attention as the running route is on Ireland’s most scenic roads, and with Donegal being extremely popular as a holiday destination.
Maps and Elevation Profile: You can view and purchase maps of the routes at Peasy Maps.
The Marathon starts in Killybegs (opposite Bay View Hotel) 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 at Glencolmcille Folk village and does 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 6k 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.
Saturday: 2-6pm. Race Pack Collection. Tara Hotel Main Street, Killybegs (see registration signs).
It’s recommended that you pick your pack up on Saturday !
Sunday 6.45 -7.30 – Marathon race pack pick up Tara hotel for those unable to pick up Saturday.
Sunday 8am: Marathon Start Killybegs – Shore Rd. Directly opposite Tara Hotel.
Sunday 8 – 9.15 am: Race pack collection – Half marathon Glencolmcille GAA clubhouse.
Sunday 10am: Half Marathon Start – Glen FolkVillage.
Sunday Finish Line: Prize Ceremony Full / Half Marathon at Finish area after top 3 cross line.
RACE PACK COLLECTION
Killybegs – Saturday 2-6pm. Sunday 6.45 – 7.30am (Marathon)
Glencolmcille Sunday 8 – 9.15 am (half marathon).
WHAT TIME DOES THE RACE START?
The full Marathon starts in Killybegs at 8am sharp on Sunday 21st May.
There will be an EARLY START for those expected to be longer than 6 hrs starting at 7.30am
The Half Marathon starts in Glencolmcille at 10am sharp on Sunday 21st May
NOTE TO FULL MARATHON RUNNERS
As the Marathon is a point to point – Killybegs to Glencolmcille; we recommend you park in Glencolmcille (finish), and take the bus provided by event to the Start in Killybegs. That way your car / gear is at the finish area when you complete the marathon.
Showers are available at Glencolmcille GAA clubhouse. 800m from finish area.
Distances will be marked in Miles on the route.
Bus Pick Up and Drop off
Full marathoners: There will be a bus leaving at 7am from Glencolmcille to Killybegs startline.
Marathon – Parking is available at finish area on morning – bus back to start line.
Half Marathon – Parking is at the Glencolmcille GAA club grounds. Stewards will direct you, and it will be signposted. Race pack pick up at GAA clubhouse 8 – 9.15. Start line is 800m from parking area.
Showers are available for runners at GAA clubhouse after event. There is also Glen beach directly across from finish line for a refreshing dip!!
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, coke and sports drink (blackcurrant flavour) available at mile 9, 15 and 21.
If you have a preference for your own Gels etc. you need to bring these with you!!
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.
FINISH LINE – Glencolmcille
Snacks and refreshments are provided at the finish line, and a BBQ / Beer at the finish area 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.
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.
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 www.excelsports.events shortly after the event, and on Social Media pages.
Parking is at Glencolmcille GAA club grounds. (25 mins from KIllybegs).
An additional bus has been requested by some people wishing to park in Killybegs for the marathon; and this service will operate every 30 mins from the Fire Station in Glencolmcille from 1pm and a €5 Cash fee. A bag drop is available at the start line to take a bag to Glencolmcille.
Road closure are in place with Marathon runners leaving Killybegs
All cars must be through Killybegs by 7.55. If travelling from that direction the Road is Closed from 8-9 for Marathon runners exiting Killybegs going to Glen.
If travelling from Derry, Letterkenny, Ballybofey direction go through Ardara to Glencolmcille. You will avoid road closure in Killybegs. Approximately 1 hr from Ballybofey to Glencolmcille via Ardara. Find on Google maps etc
Be aware at half marathon turnaround that faster Marathon runners are coming through beside half marathon runners. Cheer the Marathon runners as they pass!!!
Stay on the LEFT hand side of the road at all times.
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.
Accommodation is limited for hotels in Killybegs. There are lots of rooms in Donegal Town hotels (20 mins from Killybegs).
There are bed & breakfasts; guesthouses and Air bnb’s available in the area.