Conor O'Keeffe

Cork ultrarunner Conor O’Keeffe has successfully completed an incredible marathon challenge entitled Project 32. The idea originally came about in 2019 but factors such as Covid led to it being postponed. It saw Conor run a whopping 32 marathons in 32 days in each of the 32 counties of Ireland.


To make the task even more difficult, the Cork man started with 32 pounds on his back. Each day one pound was removed until the final 32nd marathon which left one pound remaining. Project 32 was devised to help raise funds for Pieta House, a charity close to Conor’s heart which he explained;

“I have always felt that negative self-talk and low self-esteem were like a huge weight on my shoulders. Now that I’ve shaken that weight I’m going to put it back on again and shed it with all of your help. And together we will raise €100,000 for Pieta House.”


The endurance challenge brought out the generous nature and support from each county. Various businesses, hotels, cafes, and restaurants all provided food and accommodation along the way. Conor’s father acted as a support crew on various days with a host of runners joining in throughout each county.

The tall runner is no stranger to getting outside of his comfort zone having previously won the 2019 Enduroman 200-mile Ultra Race along with appearing on Season 3 of RTE’s Special Forces Ultimate Hell Week. He was one of only three contestants to pass the grueling selection course designed by former members of Ireland’s elite Special Forces unit, the Army Ranger Wing.

To date Conor O’Keeffe and his Project 32 have raised over €67,000 of the €100,000 target. Donations can still be made online here. He is also the creator and host of the Flip the Script podcast on which he covers everything from life and well-being to music, comedy, and history.

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