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Virtual Marathons

If you register for any Virtual Marathon in 2021 and would like to raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland please register your interest using the form below. Once you sign up, we will send you our Marathon Pack, which includes sponsorship forms, running tips, running t-shirt/vest, sponsorship cards, and everything you need to reach your goal.

Marathons near you

Is there a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10/5k run or walk taking place near you that you would like to take part in and support Special Olympics Ireland?

Let us know using the form below and a member of our team will be in touch to help you with everything you need. If you would prefer to challenge yourself to take part in one of the better known races in Ireland, see below for some of our favourites.

Run Galway Bay – 8th May 2021

The Galway Bay Full, Half or 10k is one of the best-supported events on the west coast and is one of our favourites. The popularity of the event surpasses every year’s expectations with the full marathon often selling out early followed by the 10k and Half Marathon.

The Run Galway Bay is currently planning to go ahead in its physical form in May but may change to virtual.


KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon - October 2021

Run the KBC Dublin marathon in your local area with your time and distance recorded on our app. It’ll even track your progress against the KBC Dublin Marathon route.

Choose to run the full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km or 4 Mile routes over the October bank holiday weekend.

Entries open to all from the 15th of July.


Belfast Marathon – 19th September 2021

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is one of the leading marathons in the UK and Ireland. Set to make history in 2021, the race will be held on a Sunday for the first time and with a new start at Stormont at 9 am and finish at Ormeau Park.

This is a brand new route for 2021, covering all areas of Belfast the race offers a fantastic run through one of the most up and coming cities in Europe.

The Belfast Marathon is currently planning to go ahead in its physical form in September.


Cork City Marathon - May 2021

Now in its 39th year, the Cork Marathon is hailed as Munster’s premier road race. The IAAF full marathon course has grown to become one of the biggest sporting participation events in the region attracting average numbers of 8,500 runners annually.

With the race also accommodating walkers, the Cork City Marathon is a fantastic event for Special Olympics Ireland supporters of all abilities to complete a full 26.2 miles for our cause.

The Cork City Marathon was postponed in 2020 with a Virtual event taking over in its place.