Belfast Marathon © gwaar
For more than 30 years, the Belfast City Marathon has attracted thousands of participants and spectators. These days the race, always run on May Day, attracts more than 20,000 participants, and is very well supported by spectators. As well as a full marathon, there is also a walk, wheelchair race, team relay race and a fun run. Don't miss the pre-marathon Pasta Party at City Hall, where participants can carbo-load and enjoy traditional Irish music and dance. The marathon begins at City Hall and ends at Ormeau Park. There was a brief attempt to change the route some years back, to make it a flatter run, but the change met with huge resistance because the new route by-passed some of the best spectator streets, lessening the party atmosphere of the marathon - the traditional route was quickly reinstated. A glance at the winner's list for the Belfast Marathon reveals the growing internationalism of the event, as the recent winners have hailed as much from Africa and Europe as the UK. The full name of the event is Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.
Venue: From City Hall to Ormeau Park
Date: 1 May 2017