Cork City Marathon calls for teen spirit with 10km Youth Challenge


3rd May 2023

Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Deirdre Forde has officially launched the 2023 Cork City Marathon Youth Challenge. With less than five weeks to go this year’s event on June 4th, which features a new 10k option alongside the full and half marathons, anyone 15 years of age or older is eligible to give the new 10k a go.


Secondary schools and youth clubs all over Cork City and County are invited to sign up teams to enter the 2023 Cork City Marathon Youth Challenge. 


“The Youth Challenge is specially designed for our young people; it’s about getting involved and making the year count for something special”, said the Lord Mayor.  “Participants can walk, jog or run the Youth Challenge – it’s about taking part, having fun, keeping fit and enjoying the unique excitement and buzz on marathon day.”


Cork City Council's dedicated Youth Challenge co-ordinator, Liam Harris, will be working with specific schools and youth clubs in the city to prepare them for the 10k. Liam is a qualified athletic coach who has represented Ireland many times in his distinguished athletics career. Liam commented “Being part of a team is something special, whether it’s in school, sport or work.  Whether running as an individual, or in a team, the Youth Challenge is a fun, engaging, experience that shows character and commitment. It will be a unique experience and I encourage all principals and PE teachers to encourage their students to take part”.  Lisa Hegarty, a P.E. teacher in Glanmire Community College added “Glanmire Community College is delighted to be involved in the Cork City Marathon Youth Challenge. An event like this combines fun and physical activity which is well known to contribute to student’s health and wellbeing.”


The 10k will begin at the same location as the marathon, allowing runners to share the start-line experience on St. Patrick’s Street, and it will have dedicated pacers too. For those who enjoy the camaraderie and teamwork, they'll have the option of entering as a team or individuals, with all results displayed online afterwards. All participants will receive a medal and will be in with the chance of winning some great spot prizes.


Now in its 15th year, the Cork City Marathon is an internationally recognised marathon, with certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).  One of the fastest courses in Ireland, the Cork City Marathon has been praised for its inclusivity, ensuring that young and old and those with varying degrees of challenges are included in the marathon.


The marathon organisers have a comprehensive programme of support and advice for all participants between now and June 4th. For comprehensive information on entry and on the event, course, training and supports, go to or follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. You can also contact Liam at