The Bogtrotter's Marathon
The Bogtrotter's Marathon is a new marathon event taking place in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon on 24th July for runners /walkers of all abilities. It includes a full, half and relay marathon and goes from Strokestown to Rooskey and back on the minor roads and bog tracks.
It starts in Strokestown Park House, home of the Famine Museum, at 9 a.m. and finishes there too when the last person comes home. The roads will be closed until 5 p.m. to ensure a comfortable environment for all participants. Although the first place prizes are designed to attract elite athletes the relay option means that anyone who can run or walk 3.5 miles, which is the shortest distance, can participate. The other distances are 4, 5, 6 and 8 miles approx. Registration is online at www.thebogtrottersmarathon.ie and the fee includes a medal, T-shirt & refreshments.
Running and walking have taken off in popularity in the last two years and are seen as recession exercise as all one needs to train is a good pair of runners. The route of the marathon is designed to showcase the beautiful bog landscape of east Co. Roscommon without people getting their feet mucky. It is generally flat or undulating but with a few sneaky hills!
The charity partner is Bothar, who are Livestock Aid specialists, establishing families in micro-farming units by giving them the living gift of a farm animal. Fundraising forms can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. People can also choose to fundraise for their own charity of choice or for none at all.