Ireland has won the right to host the World Beach Running Championships in 2024. The event will take place at Curracloe beach in County Wexford and will be the first time in the 76 year history of the Championships that it has been staged in Ireland.

The Irish bid, backed by Sport Ireland and the Government beat off what was perceived to be strong opposition from Sochi in Russia and Mombassa in Kenya. The event takes place every two years with the 2022 edition scheduled for Argentina. In 2020 the Championship was lost to Covid-19 and before that, it had been staged in Mombassa in Kenya and Melbourne in Australia in Kenya.

“This is the pinnacle of our sport,” said Shane McGloughlin, Chair of the Irish Beach Running Association, an affiliate of Athletics Ireland.

“We have three men and two women currently ranked in the world’s top 100 athletes and each of them will be looking forward to preparing to race now on their home sand.”

“Curracloe has hosted previous European Championships over 350, 600 and 4,000 metres and has long been recognised for the fine quality of sand and the slow tides that enable infrastructure to be set up for spectators.”

It also benefits from recognition having played an Oscar-winning role in the movie Saving Private Ryan. Tom Hanks did a voiceover for the video which formed part of the online presentation given by the Irish bid team.

“Tom was great when we asked him. Apparently, he was an accomplished beach runner through his college days at Alabama State University and with a number of projects cancelled in the past year he said he was happy to help out,” added McGloughlin.

The event will take place from April 1st 2024 and will attract hundreds of beach runners from around the world.

 

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