Exciting times for Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon

(Boston, MA, 04/06/16) Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet trains for the Boston Marathon in Boston on Wednesday, April 06, 2016. Staff photo by Christopher Evans

Posted on: 10th October, 2016

Category: Features

Contributor: West Cork People

ABOVE: Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet

2016 marks a particularly exciting year for the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon VII, which takes place on Saturday, December 3. Esteemed American marathoner Amby Burfoot has accepted the organisers’ invitation to join participants on the start line. Amby was the winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon. After retiring from competition, he became a running journalist and author. He was the top editor at Runner’s World for many years and both writes for ‘Runner’s World’ and serves as editor-at-large.

With the message this year being ‘Embrace Peace’, The Waterfront marathon will also welcome Adrianne Haslet, a professional ballroom dancer, who lost her leg at the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Adrianne ran the Boston Marathon this year with her blade prosthesis.

Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon (1966), will also be participating.

Anna Sotar from Team Hoyt Running Chairs International in Boston will be there with a 14-strong running crew from France using Team Hoyt Running Chairs.

A presentation talk will take place at 7pm on Friday, December 2 in the Quality Hotel in Clonakilty, where Adrianne Haslet will share her story of overcoming her loss of limb. Other speakers will include Amby Burfoot, Bobbi Gibb and Anna Sotar from Team Hoyt running chairs.

The Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon, now in its seventh year, is proudly sponsoring a new Team Hoyt Blade running chair for a family. If you know of a family that in need please contact the organisers on info@runclon.ie.

Runners are advised to register early to avoid disappointment.


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