Inis Iron Meáin: The Original Island Road Race Celebrates 20 Years This Year!
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Inis Iron Meáin: The Original Island Road Race Celebrates 20 Years This Year!

Put your fitness to the test while taking in the beautiful views of the West, with the Inis Iron Meáin happening this Saturday the 4th of May.

Celebrating its 20th year, Inis Iron Meáin is the original island road race which continues to attract hundreds of runners and spectators each year to the incredibly scenic island, with a record number of 550 participants at last year’s race. Runners and spectators alike will get the true island experience in each of the 5k, 10k or the more challenging 12k race.
The race began as a grassroots initiative in 2004 to generate funds for local education, specifically to aid Coláiste Naomh Eoin, a thriving Gaelscoil renowned for its dedication to fostering the Irish language and culture amongst students who come to board on the island from all over Ireland. The race has developed into a significant event in the Irish athletic and cultural calendar, attracting not just local runners but participants from across the globe.

Mairead Ní Fhátharta, Principal of Coláiste Naomh Eoin, reflects on the growth and unique attraction of Inis Iron Meáin, “Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Inis Iron Meáin Island Road Race fills me with immense pride. Over the years, the race has grown from strength to strength, drawing more participants and spectators, which highlights its increasing significance to Coláiste Naomh Eoin and the extended community of Inis Meáin. The race has become a vital part of our social calendar and it is a crucial annual gathering for the island. The race has attracted well known personalities over the years and special guests have included, Sonia O’Sullivan, Pat Lam, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, and Marty Morrissey to name a few. Our event has even sparked a wonderful love story between a lovely couple from Dublin, who now return annually with their children to compete in the race. The Inis Iron Meáin Road Race has something for everyone, young and old, those who thrive on the competitive challenge of participating, to those who set personal goals while enjoying the scenic beauty and tranquillity of Inis Meáin. Our legendary post race community barbecue tops off the day, as everyone exchanges their race tales in a warm and friendly atmosphere.”

The race has inspired many others, leading to the creation of similar events in other communities, a testament to its impact on participants and community. Inis Iron Meáin caters for runners of all levels. The longer run includes a breathtaking route along the island's beautiful coast, Ceann Gainnimh. A post-race celebration will include a community barbecue, which is often attended by notable personalities.

Registration is open now here. All online entrants will receive a goody bag with an Inis Iron Meáin t-shirt, hat, timing chip and much more! The island can be accessed via Aran Island Ferries from Ros a Mhíl, or by plane with Aer Arann.

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