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Date confirmed for 2015 Donegal Marathon

A section of the huge crowd that took part in the 2014 Donegal Marathon.

A section of the huge crowd that took part in the 2014 Donegal Marathon.

THE Donegal Marathon will be held again in 2015 after a hugely successful event this year.

This week, the organising committee has confirmed Sunday, August 23rd as the date for local athletes to pencil into their schedules.

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The Donegal Marathon returned to the local calendar this year after being absent since 1983 and participants came from as far away as Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Germany to take part. Over 850 people registered to run last year and the committee is now aiming to break the 1,000-barrier next year.

The event will again be based at Aura Letterkenny Leisure Centre with a route centred on Letterkenny and its surrounding hinterland. The full marathon route is currently being finalised after feedback from the 2014 participants and will be confirmed in the coming weeks. The half marathon route will remain the same and will again take in a loop of the Newmills area after exiting Letterkenny.

Those looking to register early and avail of early bird rates can do so at www.donegalmarathon.ie. The website will allow participants to register and pay their fee in advance of the actual race as well as advising on training programmes and how best to prepare for the event.

Brendan McDaid from Letterkenny Athletics Club and member of the Organising Committee said: “All round, this years event was a fantastic day with the support of the general public and in particular, all of the volunteers, resulting in a hugely successful event that everyone in Donegal should be proud of. We would like to now build on this event going into 2015 and increase the numbers taking part”.

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