2 September 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The launch of the Monaghan Phoenix Marathon Festival took place recently at Beech Hill College running track where club members of all ages gathered in support of the event. This will be the running festivals 3rd year and will take place on the 1st and 2nd of October. The race has grown in popularity and has become a major event on the national marathon calendar.

Last year saw the introduction of the Half Marathon which proved very popular and was part of the inaugural county Monaghan Distance League. The format for this year has not altered, with a Back to Back option which involves a Marathon on Saturday 1st and another Marathon on Sunday the 2nd, or a standalone Marathon on Sunday the 2nd or a half marathon on Sunday the 2nd. Registration for all three events is open on and is selling out fast. Alternatively anyone interested can find further information on the events Facebook page ‘Monaghan Phoenix Marathon Festival’

The launch started with Brian Peppard Monaghan Phoenix Club Secretary welcoming all those present. He outlined the details of the race, its objectives, the clubs mission statement and summarised what made last year such a great success. He thanked the event and club sponsors and wished everyone planning to compete well in their training and hoped they would have an enjoyable festival. A number of local councillors were present at the launch and Cllr. David Maxwell spoke on behalf of them. He congratulated Monaghan Phoenix for their success in the organising of the previous 2 year’s festivals, reiterated the councils support for their endeavours and offered assistance where the council could. A number of the event sponsors were also at the event along with the Monaghan Brass Band who will be one of the musical acts playing as the athletes complete their race.

Object of the Event.
The festival is the brainchild of proud local Monaghan Phoenix athlete Leslie Crawford, who sought to create a marathon running festival which was good value for participates, promote Monaghan as a tourist destination and therefore act as a catalyst for economic growth, engage the local community and community organisations, while at the same time raise funds for the juvenile end of the club. In ….

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