Cork City Marathon

2 June 2024

Kick off those virtual shoes, put on your Focus Ireland t-shirt and start running to support Cork homeless services.

We are asking you to take on the marathon as part of team Focus Ireland this June 2. Once you have registered, we’ll send you out a fundraising pack and a Focus Ireland running shirt that you can wear on the day. To help you reach your fundraising goals, you can set up an online donation page on iDonate, where your friends, family and colleagues can support you.

To find out more about the Cork City Marathon, including information about the course, starting times and how to prepare, you can visit their official website.

Event information

Starting off on St Patrick’s Street, the Cork City marathon course will bring you past many of Cork’s famous landmarks: The English Market, Cork Opera House, Blackrock Castle, along the banks of the River Lee, through the Jack Lynch Tunnel and many more. Finally you’ll finish back where you began on St Patrick’s Street having achieved something great!

If the marathon – 26 miles (and 385 yards) – is a stretch too far, why not try the half marathon or get friends or family to join you in a relay over 5 legs?


When & where?

  • Date: Sunday 2 June 2024
  • Marathon distance: 42.2km
  • Half marathon distance: 21.1km
  • Relay distance: 5 x stages of between 7.6km and 9.3km


To take part in the Cork City Marathon with Focus Ireland, participants will need to commit to raising a minimum of €300.

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Did you know?

As of December 2021, there were 440 adults and 291 children officially recognised as homeless in Cork city and county.

In Cork, Focus Ireland provides long term housing, resettlement services, an advice and information service, aftercare service, youth housing and Housing First.

We currently provide 97 units of accommodation, supporting 101 adults and 67 children.  Our aim is to add a further 52 units to our housing portfolio by the end of 2022.

By choosing to run the Cork City Marathon with Focus Ireland, you are helping us continue to provide these invaluable services to adults and children in Cork.

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Register your interest

If you’re interested in taking part in the Cork City Marathon with Focus Ireland, you can let us know by emailing or calling us on 01-8815900.

Make sure to let us know whether you’re interested in running the full marathon, half marathon or the relay when you get in touch.

Places are limited so don’t delay in registering today!



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