TWENTY-SEVEN years when running in his first ever competitive marathon race at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, John Treacy defied all odds by winning the silver medal.
Four years later he set the national record for the marathon when he recorded a time of two hours, nine minutes and 15 seconds, a mark that remains unbroken to this day.
To celebrate this remarkable achievement, and to encourage greater participation of post primary students, Sports Partnerships in Laois, Offaly and Westmeath are hosting the inaugural running of the John Treacy Marathon relay on March 30.
In this unique event three post primary teams will attempt to run a shared marathon in a faster time than Treacy’s national record. The teams will participate simultaneously from 10am on tracks in Portlaosie College, Tullamore Harriers and the Athlone Institute of Technology.
Offaly will be represented by St Brendan’s Community School, Birr on the day and will attempt to outrun the teams from Laois which will be represented by Portlaoise College and Westmeath which will be represented by girls from Athlone Community College and boys from Marist College, Athlone.
All teams will run 105 and a half laps of a standard track to complete the marathon distance. With times from every venue being notified to the runners after each 15 laps the excitement can be expected to build very early into the race.
John Treacy, who is now CEO of the Irish Sports Council, said that he was very happy to put his name to this event. The coordinators of the three Sports Partnerships expressed their hope that the event would be successful and would be extended into other counties in future years. They also thanked the Athletics Association of Ireland for their help and advice in planning the event and the facility providers that made tracks available for its running.
For further details on this event contact Offaly Sports Partnership on 057 93 46843 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.