There was an early start for runners of the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon with a start time of 8.30am.
350 people signed up as Sanctuary Runners to run in the humanitarian movement’s signature blue t-shirts.
The Sanctuary Runners initiative, founded in Cork in Jan 2018 by journalist, Graham Clifford, sees Irish residents, asylum seekers and refugees, running together every Saturday.
“For many of our runners the journey to the start line for this year’s race has been a very difficult one,”
“Running enables people in very difficult circumstances to taste liberation and the Sanctuary Runner concept breaks down the barriers which exist between those in Direct Provision and the rest of us in wider Irish society.
"Ours is a running group of hope, of solidarity and of decency and we would be so grateful to the people of Cork if they could cheer us on this Sunday.”
Marathon 450 for wheelchair athlete
Wheelchair athlete Jerry Forde is due to complete his 450th marathon in Cork today.
The marathon legend has raced in Cork 10 times previously.
Irish Examiner’s greenest ever Cork city marathon
This year's marathon is set to be the most environmentally friendly race to date - medals will not be individually wrapped in plastic; water-station bottles are made of 30% recycled plastic; and runners crossing the finish line will be offered water in reusable tumblers provided by refill.ie.
Gary O'Hanlon was the champion on the day, winning for the second year in a row.
The Clonliffe Harriers AC man completed the race in a time of 2.21.43.
Angela McCann was the first woman to cross the line.