The fourth annual Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon is catering for over 2,000 runners over 26 and 13-mile coastal course distances, as well as a shoreline-hugging 10k around famed Inchydoney Island. Kick-starting the Christmas festivities in the 400-year-old town, the race starts and finishes at the Waterfront in Clonakilty on December 7.
The West Cork race will start with a minute’s silence and reflection on the tragic events of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, which saw three killed and 264 injured. As a mark of respect, 117 Boston strong balloons will be released in memory of the 117 Boston Marathons — the world’s oldest annual marathon — and this year’s marathon medals will also have Boston recognised in the design.
The first (and finishing) mile of Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon will be renamed ‘The Boston Mile’ in memory of those people who lost their lives. A large billboard will be placed at the last turn on the home stretch to the finish line serving as a backdrop to the Start/Finish with the words ‘Boston United We Stand’. This canvas will have an acknowledgment to those who died and were hurt in Boston and should they wish, participants and locals can sign a personal message of respect at registration, from 6pm to 9pm on December 5 and 10am to 10pm on December 6 at The Quality Hotel.
Boston race photographer Liz Cardoso, who was seven metres from the first blast photographing the Boston marathon, has accepted an invitation to the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon to capture each runner/walker on the final 100 metres of ‘The Boston Mile’ to the finish.
She will also be on hand to record images leading up to and after the race and will host a talk and a slideshow of her photographic images about the bombing in Boston. This event will be held at The Quality Hotel in Clonakilty on registration day, Friday, December 6.
Liz’s final duty will be to return to Boston with the signed Waterfront ‘Boston United We Stand’ canvas and present it to the organisers of The Boston Marathon on behalf of Clonakilty town.
A Photo Wall has been introduced to this year’s marathon to capture ‘Your Moment on the Day’ allowing runners and walkers to be photographed with their special finisher’s medal on crossing the finish line and, — if it can be organised — to include family and friends in this special moment. These photos will be available to download for free on the www.runclon.ie website as a Christmas present for participants to remember their special day. Participants will also have the opportunity to be wrapped in their national flag at the Photo Wall.
For this year’s event, all competitors will have their own personalised ‘Named Race Bib’ and receive a race medal and a long sleeve tech top.
Inspired by Justin England, Clonakilty Town Clerk, a proud supporter of the marathon, Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon organisers — with the kind support of Clonakilty Town Council, Cork County Council and Rob Walsh printer — will erect a total of 26 4×4 foot signs to encourage participants, as they make their way along the route.
Participants themselves are encouraged to contact race organisers through Facebook or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their own inspirational quote.
A video can be viewed of the 10 K and the half marathon route on www.runclon.ie.
All images captured by Liz Cardoso in Clonakilty on race day will be available to purchase directly at www.globalclickphotography.com.
“The event could not go ahead without the continued support of our runners and local communities of Clonakilty, as well as the Red Cross, the Gardai, Clonakilty Town Council, Cork County Council and a small army of marshals and volunteers who among others give their day to support this community based event,” said marathon organisers.
“On this note we would like to wish everyone participating in this years event Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon IV, a safe and great day. Remember all your training is done and today is about having fun for you and your family and friends. This year…find yourself.”