Mark Your Calendars
Running enthusiasts, it’s time to lace up! The 11th Waterford Viking Marathon is set to grace the city streets on Sunday, 25th June 2023 at 9 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to soak up the electrifying atmosphere.
Everyone Can Join the Marathon
The Waterford Viking Marathon is all about inclusivity. Whether you’re ready for a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, or prefer the Virtual Marathon, there’s a place for you. The Virtual Event runs from the 23rd to the 26th of June, allowing participants to join in from their chosen routes.
Run for a Worthy Cause
This year, the marathon is proudly partnered with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Every step taken by the participants contributes to this impactful cause, making the marathon about more than just reaching the finish line.
The Marathon Route Awaits
Now, let’s talk about the marathon route! Starting in the historic Viking Triangle, the route takes runners past the Bishop’s Palace and Waterford Crystal, and the home of the Irish tricolour. The path winds along The Quay, over the Edmund Rice Bridge, and into South Kilkenny. After passing Plunkett Station and the Newrath Roundabout, runners will reach the Granagh Roundabout and continue towards the Toll Plaza and Greenway.
The Full Marathon runners will then venture towards Carriganore, McGuire Avenue, and the Old Kilmeaden Road. Enjoy scenic views as the route leads past the Greenway Hotel, Kilotteran Cross, and then onto the Greenway. Here, the route diverges: Half Marathoners head back towards the city, while the warriors of the Full Marathon push on, past Mount Congrieve Gardens, Kilmeaden Train Station, and then onto Ballyduff Lower, reaching the turnaround point at Carroll’s Cross.
Finally, as runners make their way back, they will pass the train station, Fairbrook House, and under the N25. With the finish line in sight, runners will then pass Bilberry Rock, with the Edmund Rice Bridge serving as the final beacon before the finish line. Upon completion, participants will have the pleasure of cherishing the memories made in this wonderful city.