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Head down to the Causeway Coast for one of the most scenic marathons in the world. Enjoy beaches, bays, and cliffs along this epic route, and with the choice of 5 events including a Marathon Challenge Walk, it's an awesome event for runners and hikers of all abilities.

Review summary

4.8
7 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Michael M
"Brilliant race, was my sixth time completing this marathon, but it always feel..."

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Mark S
"Amazing event and scenery, met lots of lovely people on the way, and credit to..."

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Joe M
"Tough race but spectacular setting. Can’t wait to aim for the marathon next..."
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How to enter the Causeway Coast Marathon

  1. Ultra Marathon

    Run 40mi
    £62
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  2. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    £52
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  3. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    £40
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  4. 10K Run/Walk

    Run 10km
    £27.50
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  5. Challenge Walk

    Hike 26.2mi
    £52
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Causeway Coast Marathon routes

THE COURSE

All Causeway Coast events will be fully way-marked and will follow the paths, tracks, beaches and coastline of the Causeway Coast Way – probably one of the most spectacular coastlines in the whole world. The entire route passes through magnificent coastline scenery with fine views of wide bays, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and offshore rocks, all of which characterise the Causeway Coast, making its beauty and uniqueness renowned. All events will run through the world famous Giant's Causeway, with the ultra and marathon events passing close to the actual Giant's Causeway stones.

Hydration/Feed Stations:

There will be hydration/feed stations at various locations along the route:

Ultra marathon checkpoints (mile 6, 13, 20, 26, 32)

Marathon/Challenge Walk checkpoints (mile 6, 13, 19)

Half Marathon Checkpoints (mile 6) 10km (@5km)

There is usually cake, water (in cups), sweets, and a nut-based savoury item at each feed station.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Professionally organised event by 26 Extreme
  • Public Liability insurance
  • Bus transfer for participants from Portballintrae to the start of their event (if applicable)
  • Electronic chip timing system
  • Race number
  • Course marking
  • Manned check points
  • Hydration & feed stations
  • Event-specific buff & finishers medal
  • Prizes for each category (age categories will be introduced if entries deem there are enough in each class)
  • Donation to National Trust
Raceday Logistics

Registration:

All competitors must report to Portballintrae Village Hall the morning of the race for registration, kit check, and race briefing. The safety briefings for all competitors will cover safety, the latest weather forecast, logistical considerations and other important information. From registration, all competitors (except for Marathon runners and Challenge walkers) will be transported by bus to their relative start lines.

Schedule:

Please note, the event start times below are PROVISIONAL TIMES; you will receive your final information 72 hours before the event start, which details times. Times are dictated by the tide, and may be 1 hour earlier, or 1 hour later.

07:15: Ultra start

07:30: Challenge Walk start

09:30: Marathon start

10:30: 10K start

12:30: Half Marathon start

Kit List
  • Trail Running shoes or walking boots
  • Hydration pack or water bottle
  • Energy snacks
  • Windproof top
  • Hat/buff
  • Participants must be aware that weather conditions along the coastline can change and deteriorate rapidly, and should bring appropriate clothing to keep them warm in any adverse weather. Your feet might get wet, so prepare for all eventualities.
Spectators

Family and friends are more than welcome to come along to this event to show support. Supporters also add an atmosphere and additional energy to the experience for all the other participants and the crew. The best place for your supporters is at the run into the finish in Portballintrae, as there will be a festival-type atmosphere in the village that day.
Please note: it's asked that spectators follow the recommendations of the organisers in order to prevent bottle necks and congestion.

Frequently Asked Questions

At what time does the Causeway Coast Marathon start?
The ultra will start at 7:15, challenge walk at 7:30, the marathon at 9:30, half marathon at 12:30, and 10K at 10:30, all on Sat 26th Sep 2020. The time is preliminary and dependent on the tide.
What do I need to bring to the Causeway Coast Marathon?
To run the Causeway Coast Marathon you need to bring trail running shoes, hydration pack or water bottle, energy snacks, windproof top and a hat/buff. Runners will also want to plan for inclement weather and bring warm clothing and spare shoes for after the race in case of adverse weather.
Is there a minimum age to participate in the Causeway Coast Marathon?
Yes, participants must be 18 years of age to compete.

Causeway Coast Marathon weather forecast

Possible light rain in the morning and overnight.

12°C
Predicted highs
8°C
Predicted lows
Icon70% chance of rain
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 14mph

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Formed in early 2009, 26 Extreme Ltd is set to bring event organisation in Ireland to a new level. Be it a Corporate, Charitable or Sporting Event, we will ensure that no stone is left unturned when organising and managing an event. We offer a wide range of services which can be tailored to the individual needs of each client, to ensure you have an unforgettable event and memories that will last until you return once again.

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Causeway Coast Marathon reviews (7)

4.8 out of 5 stars

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  • Atmosphere
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    Rom G

    Did the Marathon in 2019

    It was a incredibly beautiful course—one of the most beautiful Ive been to so far! We’re happy to have an airbnb nearby the village hall and the tourist spots are just close (we even jogged before the race day to see them) so it’s very nice touristy race event! My name wasnt on the list because unfortunately Let’s Do This hasnt submitted the runners name to the organisers (as Ive been told) but the organisers handled it well and I had been accommodated in no time. Im just not sure if Im still going to use this 3rd party next time to register.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Tough race but spectacular setting. Can’t wait to aim for the marathon next year.
    Well organised and great vibe.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    This was our second year and so we knew what to expect - slithery mud and queues to get over stiles and up and down steps - but also gorgeous scenery, a challenging and beautiful course, friendly competitors, air fresh from the ocean and a really positive vibe. Not a place to get a PB but the most beautiful event we have ever experienced. thank you and see you next year.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Amazing event and scenery, met lots of lovely people on the way, and credit to 26 extreme, thankyou
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    Xfhj

    Did the 10K Run/Walk in 2019

    Not enough marshals/volunteers. No one directing traffic as was suggested in the pre event email. Walked into registration and no one spoke to me or advised me where to go. Not enough signage. Buffs weren’t there on time. No proper start siren. Overpriced for what it was. Have taken part in many other events at a much cheaper price and received more value for money. Nonetheless enjoyable day.
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Brilliant race, was my sixth time completing this marathon, but it always feel like a new challenge, a world away from the relentless pounding of tarmac in city marathons.
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    Dermot Mc

    Did the Ultra Marathon in 2019

    I had such a great day running 40 miles in such as stunning setting. Weather was great, people were great, organisers were on the ball and there was no littering no nonsense just a fantastic day to put the legs to work.
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