The fourth running of the Tralee International Marathon is coming up this Saturday. The first year of this was my first marathon, and I’ve done it every year since, so I am really looking forward to it. It is, of course, also my hometown marathon, which makes it that extra little bit special. I am not expecting a particularly good performance this year, as work and family commitments (and some laziness on my part) means that I am waaaaaay behind where I should be with my training. I have done no real long runs, and little in the way of short runs. For a normal person this might be daunting, but I am confident that brute force and ignorance will get me through unscathed. It’s only a marathon after all…..
The finishers medal (on left) is really nice, and celebrates the 800th Centenary of Tralee. As a proud Tralee man, I HAVE to get one of these medals – our town will only have one 800th birthday, and I can see these medals being family heirlooms. If I have to crawl on my hands and knees, I will earn a finishers medal this year! Luckily my wife is doing the half this year, so we will have a medal for each of our boys.
The marathon has reverted to the original 2013 route, so there will be a sense of deja vu this year. The infamous Barrow Hill, breaker of many a spirit, will be back, as will the tough Fenit Pier turnaround. I have to say I’m really looking forward to it – if it was easy, why would you bother?
Entries for the 2016 Tralee International Marathon close tomorrow (Wednesday), and if you are in the area, I say go for it! If running it is not your thing, why not volunteer? You can contact Jim, the volunteer coordinator on the RTK Volunteer Facebook page.
See you there!