Born to run AGM

On Tuesday 20 November, Born To Run Tralee Marathon Club held its AGM at The Rose Hotel in Tralee, which saw the election of a new committee for 2019.

This will consist of JJ O’Connell as chair, Ann O’Shea as vice-chair, Rose Brosnan as secretary, Martin Moore as treasurer, Liam Horan as fundraising officer, Jack Moriarty as registrar, Marilyn O’Shea as social officer, Maria Moynihan as PRO and William Brick as minutes officer.

Ordinary members for the coming year will include Sandra Byrne, Betty Brosnan, Aoife O’Connor, Tom Dillon and Conor Cusack.

As well as reflecting on a successful year for the club- with highlights including raising over €2,000 for St Ita’s and St Joseph’s school through the sell-out 40 Mile Ultra Marathon event in July- new initiatives for the year ahead were also discussed.

These will include the return of the “Couch To 5K” training program in early January in addition to the current summer programme, the roll out of club training plans for both a spring and autumn marathon and plans for the club’s first official trip abroad to a race series in the UK in May. These developments will require the participation of extra mentors from the club, and existing members are encouraged to get involved.

In addition, the date for the Born To Run Christmas party was set for Saturday 1 December, with drinks at Benners Hotel from 8.30pm.

New members are always welcome, especially on Tuesday nights at 6.30pm at the Aquadome car park, where a social run is followed by refreshments.

Born to Run Ultra, A Sellout Success


The forth annual Born to Run Tralee 40 Mile Ultra and Relay took place on the 28th July with both the individual and 4 person relay events selling out, while the 2 person tag team had only one place left unfilled.

It was a mixed day weather wise with everything from glorious sunshine to torrential down pours. But even the heaviest of rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of our participants as they went through mile after mile to collect that medal waiting at the finish line.

The men’s event was won by Alex O’Shea in a course record of 4:29:20, with Keith Whyte in second and David O’Keeffe finishing in 3rd. Meanwhile Catherine Guthrie was first home in the ladies event with Jill McCann and Liz Leonard finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. The 2 person tag was taken by David Toomey and Catherine Hannon, with John and Nickolas Liddane coming second and Tina Curtin and William Brick finishing 3rd.  The 4 person relay was won by ‘The Relics and the Dream Team’ with ‘Team O’Shea’ finishing 2nd and ‘Scrambled Legs’ finishing 3rd.

Thanks to all our participants who combined to make this such a memorable event and to all our superb volunteers who once again have been singled out for special mention in the feedback we received from the runners.

Hears looking forward to next year.

The Rose Hotel Supporting 40 Mile Event

rose 2

Born to Run are please to welcome the Rose Hotel’s support of our 40 Mile Ultra and Relay event on July 28th. The Rose is a beautiful 4 star hotel that has been refurbished recently and is conveniently located near the start finish line. So if you intend to spend a little time in Tralee we would be delighted to recommend the Rose. Visit for more.

Couch to 5k 2018 Begins

C2 5k
Some of the New Couch to 5k group with their mentors at the start of week 2 of training.

We were delighted with huge interest in the 2018 couch to 5k programme, a total of 45 new members registered and started their journey to running five kilometers nonstop. New members are always welcome at BTR and are essential in keeping our club as strong as inclusive as we always have been Over the next few weeks the mentors will run alongside them sharing their experience and encouraging and cajoling them along the way. We wish each and everyone of them success in achieving their goals and hope they enjoy their experience with our club. We look forward to having them with us for many years to come.


BTR Launch Strength and Conditioning Class in Association With Achieve Fitness


Well in the modern world of distance running strength training is pretty much a given so in an attempt to keep up with modern best practice BTR has partnered with Achieve Fittness to bring you a 8 week programme of Strength and conditioning classes every Monday night in their Gum on Monavally Industrial est. With the club subsidising  the classes the 8 week programme is only costing our members €15. There was great interest in the initiative and the classes filled up within 25 minutes. We had our first taste on Mondat 15th of May and I for one really enjoyed it (even if I struggled to move for 2 days after). Big thanks to Mairead and Deirdre for the welcome and the great work out. Were looking forward to the coming weeks now.

New BTR Training with The Early Birds

Early bird

Not everyone finds training in the evening suitable so BTR has responded and now there’s training at 6:30am as well as 6:30pm. Like the standard BTR training the Early Birds leave from the Aqua Dome, but train on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Unfortunately though the couch to 5k  programme can not be facilitated at this time. However for the rest of our members if you want an early morning run why not join the guys one morning.

St. Ita’s Announced as Charity Partner

Born to Run Tralee Marathon Club are delighted to announce St. Ita’s and St. Joseph’s School as our charity partner for the 40 Mile Ultra Marathon and Relay. St. Ita’s and St. Joseph’s is a special school for students with mild learning difficulties. Pictured are the school’s principal Ms. Grace Sheehan and BTR ‘s volunteer coordinator Aoife O’Connor at the announcement earlier today. You can find out more about their work by visiting

New Couch to 5k Starts 8th May

Have you ever wished that you could jog or run a 5k; but don’t know where to start?
Well, on Tuesday 8 May, Born To Run Tralee Marathon Club will launch its annual “Couch to 5k” programme, which is free to join, friendly and most of all, fun.
Over a number of weeks, beginners will be gently mentored to complete the 5k distance using a walk-jog strategy, gradually increasing the time spent running as their fitness and confidence grows.
Training will take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening from 6.30pm from the Aquadome, with the option to continue to a 10k programme- or beyond- once participants reach the 5k mark.
And according to those who completed last year’s programme, like Tralee woman Catherine O’Connor, it’s a decision you won’t regret.
“It was the best move I made,” Catherine tells Tralee Today, explaining how the programme was so easy to follow as a beginner.
“The plan by Born To Run- which was a five minute walk, followed by a one minute jog- was easy and no one was pushed to do more. The following nights, it would slowly increase, so that you didn’t realise you were jogging longer than walking,” she says.
Since then, Catherine has gone on to run 10k, but apart from improving her fitness, she says it is the friendship and the “feel-good factor” that is the best thing about the group, where there is a place for every runner, no matter what their speed.
“After a stressful day, I so look forward to my jog,” she says. “I’m nearly always at the back- someone has to be last!- but there is always someone waiting for you to return and you are never left alone. The Born To Run rule is ‘No one gets left behind’.
“I would encourage everyone to try it out. Whether you are looking to get fit, make new friends or just have a laugh, you should join the next ‘Couch to 5k.’”
Fellow member Rita Ryan also joined the group last year and despite the initial nerves, was soon made feel very welcome.
“We were put at ease by the lovely Ann, our mentor,” she says. “It was always great fun and I was thrilled to be part of such a friendly group of people. Meeting new friends was great and we all kept each other going. Reaching 5k was brilliant: I’ll never forget that evening we had reached our goal.”
However, Rita did not stop there, and just five months after joining the programme, completed her first half marathon in Listowel last November.
“I never even dreamt I would ever be able to run that far,” she says. “It has been a completely positive experience for me. There is great support and encouragement from mentors and other longer established Born To Run members. If you want to start running, no matter what age you are, come along and try it. You will meet great people and have lots of fun and feel much better.”
To take part in the new programme, just come along to register on the night


Club Notes April 2018

Born To Run Tralee Marathon Club would like to congratulate our members Brian O Sé, Marilyn O’Shea, Jim McNeice and Theresa Grimes of Kerry Crusaders on their recent completion of the Belfast2Dublin 105 mile ultra marathon. This was a massive achievement for each of the team who put so much time and training in to preparing for this race, and we are very proud to see Born To Run represented so well at such a prestigious event.

Congratulations also to all of our members who have flown the Born To Run flag at so many events locally and overseas in recent weeks. Credit and thanks also to Optimal Fitness and to Tralee Harriers for running fantastic events in Tralee from the Valentine’s 10 Mile race to the Tralee International marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k. It is wonderful to have such a variety of running events in our town and we are always happy to support them.

We are also pleased to announce that Born To Run’s new “Couch to 5k” program will start the Tuesday after the May bank holiday weekend. This fully mentored program is free, fun and tailored for those with no previous running experience with the aim of being able to comfortably complete a 5k. We will also be providing a follow-on program to take people to any distance upto and including marathon level if desired once the “Couch to 5k” is completed.

Entry is also open for the Born To Run 40 Mile Ultra and Relay event on 28 July. Single entry as well as relay teams of two and teams of four are available, and early registration is advised to avoid disappointment. For more, visit

Born To Run are also proud to announce that this year, we will host our firstfamily fun run with a Halloween theme, taking place on Saturday 20 October. Further details coming soon.

For further information, follow us on Facebook at to keep up with all the latest news.