The beginning of June in Cork looks to be lively and entertaining both on shore and off shore, as the city hosts its annual marathon on Monday 3rd June and its Ocean to City Maritime Festival from 1st -10th June 2013.

The Cork City Marathon on Monday 3rd June includes the main marathon, half marathon, team relay and youth relay events. An official 26 miles and 385 yards marathon course, Cork is a full member of the AIMS – Association of International Marathons and Distance Races and since the revival of the Cork City Marathon in 2007 after a break of some 21 years, there has been a renewed enthusiasm for the event and year on year it attracts even more participants from around the county, country and globe.

The main marathon and team relay start at 9am sharp on St Patrick’s Street, with the wheelchair marathon starting a few minutes before.  The half marathon starts at 10:30 from Skehard Road, Mahon, and due to parking facilities, participants will be taken by buses from city hall to this starting location.

Taking place from the 1st of June through to the 10th of June is one of Ireland’s largest combined rowing races and maritime festival’s – Ocean to City, which celebrates Cork’s unique maritime heritage and natural harbour,

The festival includes The Big Race or An Rás Mór, a 15 nautical mile rowing race that attracts entries from across the world and sees participants compete in one of four races over different distances through Cork Harbour. The longest being the Ocean Course from Crosshaven to Point to Cobh, Monkstown and through Lough Mahon to Lapp’s Quay in the city. This course can be tackled as a relay team, with crews changing at Monkstown. For anyone who has not yet registered – the final closing date is midnight Saturday 25th May.

A fun family friendly festival taking place over the first 10 days of June, it has plenty for everyone including harbour cruises, Inter-firm Dragon Boat Challenge, Treasure Hunt, Navy tours, angling trips, films and talks, food and craft markets, music and lots more free family entertainment.

This June Bank Holiday Weekend and the week that follows, Cork really is the place to be, so if you have not yet booked your accommodation to enjoy and participate within the festivities, be sure to check out what Hotel Deals in Cork are available and discover why the Fota Island Cork Hotel is the ideal location to stay in order to access the city centre and surrounding areas of Cork