Overseas marathons and races

Cancer, You're On! Why not take on the ultimate challenge of running a marathon in one of the world's most beautiful cities? 

You can fulfill your goal while raising much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society. We have guaranteed charity entry places for a number of the world's biggest marathons.

Here are some of our top picks:

New York Marathon

3 November 2019

3 Guaranteed places remaining - we’d love you to join team Irish Cancer Society and raise vital funds to support people affected by cancer, throughout Ireland! Enjoy the breath taking views of New York, whilst being cheered on by more than two million spectators.

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Chicago Marathon

13 October 2019

Take on one of the six world marathon majors by running the 2019 Chicago Marathon. It’s one of the world’s fastest & flattest courses, perfect for marathon runners of all levels!

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Overseas marathons FAQs

Q: How do I apply directly for a guaranteed Irish Cancer Society charity place?

A: Fill out our online registration form with the marathon or race of your choice and we will contact you with further details.

Q: How much do I have to raise?

A: For our guaranteed entry place we ask for a minimum sponsorship to be raised. This will vary from race to race. CallSave 1850 60 60 60 or email fundraising@irishcancer.ie for more information.

If you have secured your own place on an overseas marathon or race, or you are taking part in a marathon or race in Ireland, there is no fundraising target. We ask you to raise as much as you can.

Q: What is my "own place"?

A: If you have been successful in the overseas marathon or race lottery to secure your place, or if you have already paid your own way with Sports Travel, this is known as your "own place".

Share your experience

If you have any photos from a marathon you ran on behalf of the Society, that you wish to share or a story about why you participated we would love to hear from you. Please forward them onto Sinead.

Apply for a Irish Cancer Society charity guaranteed place

You can apply for an Irish Cancer Society charity assured place, for which we ask for a minimum sponsorship pledge. This will vary from race to race.

  • Complete our online registration form to receive more details
  • Our places will be supplied by Sports Travel International
  • Our package will include flights, accommodation, race entry and bus to the race start.

Registering to run for the Irish Cancer Society

Complete our online registration form to receive your free Run4Life fundraising pack.

How you'll help

One of the programmes your funds will help support is our night nursing service, which is a free, nationwide service the Irish Cancer Society provides to people who want to spend their final days at home. By signing up to run the a marathon you will help make sure an Irish Cancer Society night nurse is there for people when they need one most; sitting with them, comforting them, answering their questions and giving them the best possible care.