The 10th annual Aer Arann Islands half marathon in aid of Temple Street Hospital will take place on Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands on Saturday.
Marathon participants have a fundraising target of €650 to support children undergoing treatment for various illnesses at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, and the number of entries for 2015 is a growing 200 participants, a 33 per cent increase on last year.
Angela McNulty, special events manager from Temple Street Children’s University Hospital says the Aer Arann Islands half marathon is a working partnership that has evolved over the years into a wonderful friendship with its participants, committee and community on Inis Mór.
"Their dedication, passion and grá for the event, and its uniqueness, have helped Temple Street Children's University Hospital perform many miracles and purchase many pieces of life saving equipment over the past 10 years. Long may it continue. Míle buíochas.”
In addition to the personal satisfaction of raising funds for an important charity, participants enjoy one of the most scenic marathon routes in the country and have an "immensely enjoyable time" during the two day event, which includes return flights to Inis Mór with Aer Arann Islands, two nights' accommodation, two evening meals, ceoil and Island craic.“The Aer Arann Islands half marathon is a key event in our annual calendar. In addition to the fundraising, it also gives a great kick start to the tourism industry on the Aran Islands – an industry which is crucial to the survival of the communities who live on the three islands year round. We are delighted to play our part in the event and look forward to carrying the 200 participants and their families and friends to one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most enchanting experiences,” says Pádraig O Céidigh from Aer Arann Islands.