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18th Feb 2020

Why the Inis Iron Meain needs to be on your fitness bucket list this year

Sarah Finnan

A clever name if we do say so ourselves.

Anyone well versed in the running and athletics world has probably heard of the Ironman competitions. Well, the Inis Iron Meain is the Irish take on it.

Now in its 17th year, the annual Inis Iron Meain takes place on Inis Meain – who’d have guessed it, right?

The middle of the three Aran Islands, some would say it’s also the most scenic. Accessed via ferry from Ros a Mhil or by air with Aer Arann from Inverin, Inis Meain is the least populated island, each year welcoming runners of all different fitness levels for 5km, 10km and 12km races.

And while there are many who would not class running under the ‘fun’ or ‘enjoyable’ category, stunning scenery and running along the coast certainly helps make the experience more pleasant.

This year promises to be a big year for the event, given its proximity to Galway – the European Capital of Culture 2020. Sure to be a big hit with tourists looking for an authentic glimpse into Irish life and a great chance for them to practice their cúpla focal as it’s also a Gaeltacht area.

Past entrants include the likes of Connacht Rugby manager Pat Lam, Gavan Hennigan, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and even ex-Inis Meain resident HEctor Ó hEochagáin.

And for arguably the best part? Race finishers will be treated to a post-run feed in the local hall afterwards. Nothing like a BBQ and some homemade treats to help you over the finish line.

Always a fun day out, the event is set to take place on March 14th.

Tickets for Inis Iron Meain cost €60 and cover race entry, return boat trip, a goody bag, dinner, dessert and your most ‘grammable pic of 2020 (take it mid-run for that all-important action shot).

Proceeds from the event go to supporting Coláiste Naomh Eoin, the 40 student secondary school that breathes life into the small island community.

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