Join Charmaine Kenny, Michael O'Leary, and Keith Duffy in Mullingar at the last Marathon this bank holiday Monday!
Ray D'Arcy to run half marathon
Ray D'Arcy will join Ken and Gerry for a half marathon in Cavan this Saturday! Listen to him chat to Keith Duffy about it in our Latest News page. Johnny Donnelly, former Sawdoctor, will also be there. Come along & support!
Newstalk Radio Interview
Ken and Gerry chatted to Claire Byrne on The Breakfast Show on Newstalk Radio last Monday, at the start of their last week of their Challenge.
RTE Radio Interview
Michael O’Leary and the boys chat to Daragh Maloney about the 32 Marathons and the training and logistics involved...
32nd Marathon - this Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd August
Join Charmaine Kenny the current Rose of Tralee, Michael O'Leary for his 2nd half marathon of this challenge, and Keith Duffy, who is also planning a half-marathon, in Mullingar this Bank holiday Monday the 2nd August! It promises to be a great finale to the 32 Marathon Challenge!
Ray D'Arcy and Johnny Donnelly to join Ken and Gerry this Saturday!
Ray D'Arcy is joining Ken and Gerry for a half marathon this Saturday, 31st July, in Cavan town. Johnny Donnelly, former Sawdoctor and now marathon runner, is also coming along for his 2nd marathon with the lads. Be sure to come along and support them and Irish Autism Action. See the Route Info tab for more info - starts at 10am!
Some recent media clips ->
Keith Duffy joined Ray D'Arcy on Today FM on Tuesday for a chat about the 32 Marathons and his plan to run with Ken & Gerry this Monday! Listen to the interview here...
Ken and Gerry chatted to Claire Byrne on The Breakfast Show on Newstalk Radio last Monday, at the start of their last week of their Challenge. Listen to the interview here...
UTV Lifestyle interview Ken and Gerry during the Northern Ireland leg of their challenge.
Michael McNamee and Joel Taggart on the Summer Club chat to Gerry and Ken and even get them to play some Darts! * move to 1:52 in the clip * video clip to follow shortly!
Ken and Gerry chat to Claire
on The Breakfast Show on Newstalk Radio on the eve of their first marathon of the 32 Marathon Challenge.
RTE Radio Interview
Michael O’Leary and the boys chat to Daragh Maloney on RTE Radio One's Sport at Seven show about the 32 Marathons and the training and logsitics involved... Click on the Green Play icon below to listen to the interview
Newstalk Radio Interview
Ken & Gerry chat to Newstalk 106-108 hosts Claire and Conor on what possessed them to take on this huge challenge...
600 now signed up!
Publicizing the fact that over 600 runners have registered to run in one of the marathons over the 32 days, Eamonn Coghlan, Keith Duffy and Ray D’Arcy met up with Gerry and Ken to do a bit of on-the-spot running!
If you would like to be involved in this great event and help raise funds for Irish Autism Action, you can still register: To register to Run/Jog/Walk in your County simply call Freddie on 086 8584144
Oakley Sunglasses support the 32 Marathon Challenge
We are thrilled to have Oakley Sunglasses on board. They have very kindly offered to provide Ken and Gerry with eyewear for the event. In addition they have given us one pair of Oakleys to be raffled each day to all finishers!
Many Thanks to John Russell and his team in Oakley for this very kind sponsorship.
Armagh City Hotel look forward to 32 Marathon event
Eoghan Murphy, Operations Manager, Armagh City Hotel is looking forward to the 32 Marathon Challenge event in Armagh;
“We, at the Armagh City Hotel, are delighted to support Ken and Gerry in their challenge, raising much needed funds for these Autism charities.
We hope their stay in our luxury accommodation coupled with a healthy and hearty meal in our Friary restaurant will both rejuvenate and re-invigorate them for their marathon.
They can also use the state of the art facilities in the LA Fitness leisure club to boost their recovery."
Nike support the 32 Marathon Challenge
Nike Ireland have teamed up with Ken & Gerry to support them in their 32 Marathon Challenge.
“We at Nike, the World's largest sports brand, are proud to support the 32 Marathons event. Congratulations to Gerry and Ken for organising this great unique sporting event for a worthy cause. Nike wishes everyone taking part the very best of luck.” Ronan Gourley, Nike Ireland.
Lough Erne Resort provide accommodation in Co. Fermanagh
Jonathan Stapleton, General Manager, Lough Erne Resort, discusses the hotel’s support of the 32 Marathon Challenge;
"Lough Erne Resort, Northern Ireland’s first international AA 5 star hotel, is delighted to support Ken & Gerry by providing them with the most luxurious accommodation available in County Fermanagh.
We hope that their stay in the tranquil Loughside Lodge Suites and the nutritious meal that will be prepared by our Executive Head Chef, Noel McMeel, will provide the athletes with the necessary sustenance to complete the Fermanagh marathon on the 27 July.
We wish them every success as they strive to raise vital funds for autism charities."
OptimumNutrition4Sport supports the 32 Marathon Challenge
Barry Murray is a Sports Nutritionist & runs his own practice OptimumNutrition4Sport which provides expert nutrition advice for both recreational and elite athletes. Barry has teamed up with the 32 Marathon Challenge to help Gerry and Ken optimize their performance through understanding the importance of nutrition and training and how the two go together.
Barry applies a holistic approach to nutrition by combining the most advanced general nutrition strategies with the latest sports nutrition practices. He continuously examines the science behind the latest research and guidelines to ensure that athletes optimize their performance while also improving their general health and well-being.
Barry works with athletes and any individual wanting to improve their general health, well-being and performance. He has worked with every level of athlete from beginner to those competing at an international and Olympic standard. He provides one to one consultations and presents seminars to teams, clubs and corporate clients. See www.optimumnutrition4sport.com for further info.
Ireland's new online running store, Sub4.ie, come on-board the 32 Marathon Challenge
The 32 Marathon Challenge are delighted to team up with Ireland's new online running store, www.sub4.ie.
Sub4 Running Store launched in January this year and has received excellent feedback from the running community to date. Owned and run by runners, Sub4 provides the full range of running accessories needed, from running shoes to running clothing and running nutrition. With instant dispatch, runners can be guaranteed to have their required training tool within 2-3 days post order.
To mark the teaming up of the 32 Marathon Challenge with Sub4 Running Store, Sub4 will offer a 10% discount on all purchases to all signed up members of the Challenge between now and August 2nd.
Commenting on the 32 County Challange, Eoin Flynn of Sub4 remarked, "I wish Ken and Gerry the very best in what promises to be a wonderful sporting event for a very worthy cause. It's something never before done and I encourage anybody who is willing and able to sign up and support the two lads."
To avail of the 10% discount, process your order as normal on www.sub4.ie, drop the team in Sub4 an email to email@example.com with your name and they will refund the 10% to you through your original method of payment.
Downtown Radio Interview with Keith Duffy
Listen to Keith Duffy on the Caroline Fleck show on Downtown Radio talking about Autism & the 32 Marathon Challenge... Click on the Green Play icon below to listen to the interview
ISCP come onboard the 32 Marathon Challenge
We're delighted to announce that the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists will be on hand at the end of each marathon / half marathon to assist runners with their cool down *.
Check out their website for info on warming up, strength work and stretching... (that's now one less excuse for not signing up!!) * Applies to 26 counties at the moment but we're working on the 6 Northern counties
Michael O'Leary Interview
Training Plans are now available for both the full and half marathons as well as a 'Get me Started' plan! Check out our Training Plans page.
Click here to download a PDF of fund-raising ideas that will help you raise money for your sponsored marathon.
FOTA Island Resort support Cork marathon
Many thanks to John O'Flynn, the general manager of FOTA Island Resort, for looking after us on the Cork leg of our journey. John got in contact with Gerry and Ken and has been fantastic in offering the use of their facilities the night before the Cork marathon. We are deeply indebted to John and the team at FOTA Island Resort.
Farewell to a good friend
Irish Autism Action & the 32 Marathon Challenge Team pay tribute to Niall McCrudden
The Last Word interview on Today FM
Click on the Green Play icon below to listen to The Last Word interview on Today FM