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Letterkenny to host first marathon since 1983

Danny McDaid launchs the Donegal Marathon 2014, also included are Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, Cllr Paschal Blake, Letterkenny Mayor, Eunan Kelly, Seamus Neely, County Manager, Ciaran Martin, Myles Sweeney, Brendan McDaid, Cllr Dessie Kelly, Paddy Hannigan, Cllr Jim Lynch and Cllr Ian McGarvey, County Mayor. Photo: Donna El Assaad

Danny McDaid launchs the Donegal Marathon 2014, also included are Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, Cllr Paschal Blake, Letterkenny Mayor, Eunan Kelly, Seamus Neely, County Manager, Ciaran Martin, Myles Sweeney, Brendan McDaid, Cllr Dessie Kelly, Paddy Hannigan, Cllr Jim Lynch and Cllr Ian McGarvey, County Mayor. Photo: Donna El Assaad

THE first marathon to be held in Donegal in more than thirty years was officially launched last night at the Letterkenny Town Council offices.

Former Olympic athlete, and event ambassador Danny McDaid, officially ran through the red tape to launch the Donegal Marathon which takes place in Letterkenny on Sunday, August 24.

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The event, which is set to attract thousands of participants and spectators, is being organised by a local steering group that includes Letterkenny Athletics Club, Letterkenny Town Council, Donegal County Council, Donegal Sports Partnership and other interested individuals.

Mr McDaid, the last person to win a marathon in Letterkenny when it was staged back in 1983, paid tribute to the Donegal Marathon committee and encouraged as many people as possible to take part.

Cllr Dessie Larkin proposed organising a Donegal Marathon at a Letterkenny Town Council meeting after discussions with local runner and keen athletics enthusiast, Paddy Hannigan.

As well as holding a full marathon there will also be a half marathon and it is expected that there will be a considerable economic spin-off for the town due to the influx of people on the day.

For full information on the marathon are available on the official website www.donegalmarathon.ie

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