Killarney runner Conor O’Leary has secured a coveted entry on next month’s New York City Marathon.

The well-known manager of the leisure centre in the Towers Hotel is competing in the November 3 race to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis Ireland South Kerry Branch after his mother, Mary, passed away from the disease in 2011.

“This will be my second marathon,” Conor told the Killarney Advertiser. “I ran Dublin last year after promising my dying mother I’d run a marathon in her name. I enjoyed it so much I decided to try another one.”

His decision to run New York was influenced by his wife, Ann, who is originally from the Bronx area of the city. Last October he completed the Dublin marathon in a time of 4hrs 38mins.

“If I can finish New York in the same time, I would be very happy,” he added. “It’s not about the time; the atmosphere through the five boroughs is going to be electric.”