Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon set to take place Sunday of June Bank Holiday weekend

Sunday is the new runday for the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon as the 2017 race was launched.

Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon set to take place Sunday of June Bank Holiday weekend

Photo: Damien Coleman, Blackpool GAA; Lieutenant Deirdre Owens, Irish Naval Service; Garda Sarah Sullivan; Corporal Conor Coleman; Aria Shahi, Glanmire Community College; Cork City firefighter Jonathan Finn, and Ellen Twomey, Glanmire Community College, at the launch of the 2017 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon. Picture: Cathal Noonan

June 4, 2017 will see runners flock to Cork for one of the country's most anticipated marathons.

Organisers have responded to requests to move the race from Monday to Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend with Race Director Jim O’Donovan saying it "allows more flexibility for visitors both nationally and internationally travelling to participate."

"Sunday also allows all participants an opportunity to celebrate their great accomplishment that evening, and gives athletes a day to rest and recover before heading back to their nine to five on Tuesday.”

Mr O'Donovan said, "We pride ourselves on constantly striving to build and develop the Cork City Marathon, ensuring that it is more than a marathon and instead one of the biggest Irish sporting events."

Now in it's 11th year, the Cork City Marathon is internationally recognised and last year saw almost 10,000 people take part.

Last year's marathon saw some unforgettable moments such as 80-year-old couple Kay and Joe O'Regan crossing the line hand in hand and Damien Coleman setting a Guinness World Record for running the marathon while soloing a hurley and sliotar.

The Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon has been recognised for its inclusivity, attracting runners, walkers, wheelchair athletes, fitness enthusiasts and supporters.

The 2017 event is set to attract the largest number of participants to date and provide a boost to the city over the Bank Holiday weekend.

To register for the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon 2017 visit www.corkcitymarathon.ie.

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