High standards, positive imagery and a friendly welcome are the key ingredients to making the Pat the Baker Longford Marathon a continued success every year.
That was the message at the launch of the fifteenth Pat the Baker Longford Marathon in the Longford Arms Hotel last Wednesday.
Speakers at the launch included the marathon committee, chairman Fr. Ciaran McGovern, Michael Meaney of Pat the Baker, Cllr Seamus Butler, Cllr Padraig Loughrey and Donal Drake representing St Christopher’s.
All speakers reiterated the importance of the event and the positive image it portrays for Longford. Everyone was in agreement that maintaining the marathon was down to the hard work and dedication of the volunteers plus the sponsorship from Pat the Baker.
Since the first run in 2002, over 110 thousand miles have been covered in the marathon, with an average of 800 participants taking part annually across the full and half distances.
This year’s marathon consists of the usual mix of events on August 28 next. The 39.3 mile Ultra Marathon and Marathon Walk start at 8:30am and the Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay Marathon all start at 10:00am am. There's also the new addition of a 5km race, opening the event up to more abilities.
More details in the coming weeks.