Athletics Signs Up Official Travel Partner

Athletics Ireland has appointed Sports Travel International, Ireland’s running travel experts, to become its Official Travel Partner.

The new partnership will see Sports Travel International support Athletics Ireland-owned events, as well as offering Athletics Ireland Members additional benefits, including guaranteed entries to some of the most sought-after races in the world.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Sports Travel International,” said Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams.

“They have earned a great reputation for their running tours and their professional tour guides are the best in the business.”

“We see this partnership as a great way for us to showcase our own races here in Ireland, as well as offering additional benefits to Athletics Ireland members.”

Like Athletics Ireland, Sports Travel International are members of Sport for Business and will be working with us as part of a new Sports Tourism Group coming together in the Autumn.

The company was founded in Dublin in 1988 by Martin Joyce and has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading sports travel companies and the Irish specialist in running trips and marathon tours around the world.

The company is the official Irish tour operator for all of the World Marathon Majors and for many other international running events, including 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and full marathons. It has guaranteed entries to marathons worldwide, including the New York City Marathon, London Marathon, Boston Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Tokyo Marathon and Chicago Marathon as part of their inclusive tour packages.

The market for worldwide Marathon running has grown massively in recent years with access to the Major marathons proving an increasing real challenge. When the KBC Dublin Marathon opened up an additional 2,500 places earlier in the summer it was oversubscribed by four times.

“Sports Travel International are delighted to partner with Athletics Ireland,” said Joyce.

“We share a real passion for running. Our mission in Sports Travel International is to ensure runners and supporters receive the best possible service and have a wonderful time on our tours, where nothing has to be thought of except running the event and enjoying the destination with family, friends and fellow runners on the tour.”

“We look forward to working with Athletics Ireland in growing races domestically, as well as providing their members with the opportunity to enjoy some of the most popular races in the world.”

The new partnership commences this weekend with support for the Irish Runner 10 Mile in the Phoenix Park Dublin on Saturday.

Earlier this week Sports Travel International unveiled an expansion of its services to include a wide range of cycling and triathlon events around the world. Read More.

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