CORK CITY COUNCIL

FAQ

Marathon

Is this an official marathon course?

Yes. The Cork City Marathon is certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as a full marathon course. The Cork Marathon is also a full member of AIMS (Association of International Marathons).

Can I walk the marathon?

Yes. Walkers are very welcome to participate. Although there isn’t a separate category for walkers, the course time limit of 6 hours should allow most walkers to cross the finish line. However, please note that in order to facilitate critical road reopenings –

You must reach the Jack Lynch Tunnel (mile 7.2) by 11am.

You must reach the South Link Road (mile 17.6) by 1pm. Both of these cut-off times are achievable at a pace of about 13.5mins/mile.

6 hours after the start (3pm), all roads will be re-opened and anyone left on the course may be asked to move onto the pavements and adhere to normal traffic regulations. The finish line on St Patrick’s Street will stay in place until 17.00hrs if necessary.

How will I get an official time for my race?

Each marathon participant will wear a timing chip. This will automatically log your start and finish time. Your official race time is gun-to-chip but your chip time will also be listed in the results. The race results will be posted on our website shortly after the race finishes.

Will I receive a medal for finishing the marathon?

Yes! Everyone who finishes will receive a Cork City Marathon Medal.

Cork is a hilly city-how steep is the course?

You can see the 2016 route and elevation at http://www.mapmyrun.com/ie/cork-m/2016-irish-examiner-cork-city-marathon-route-62952652. This year’s course will be similar but with a couple of necessary adjustments to facilitate the change of date to the Sunday. The route will be updated as soon as possible.

Will the course be marked in miles or kilometres?

The course is officially measured in miles, so the marking on the day will also be in miles. There will, however, be kilometre marks every 5km for the full marathon course.

Will my race bib and chip be posted out to me?

No. You must collect your race pack, including bib and chip, at registration in Cork City Hall on Saturday 3rd June.

Half Marathon

Is this an official half-marathon course?

Yes. The Cork City Marathon is certified by Athletics Ireland.

Can I walk the half marathon?

Yes. Walkers are very welcome to participate. Although there isn’t a separate category for walkers, the course time limit should allow most walkers to cross the finish line. After 3.5 hours, roads will be re-opened and anyone left on the course may be asked to move onto the pavements and adhere to normal traffic regulations. The finish line on St Patrick’s Street, however, will stay in place until 17.00hrs if necessary.

How will I get an official time for my race?

Each half-marathon participant will wear a timing chip. This will automatically log your start and finish time. Your official race time is gun-to-chip but your chip time will also be listed in the results. The race results will be posted on our website shortly after the race finishes.

Will I receive a medal for finishing the marathon?

Yes! Everyone who finishes will receive a Cork City Half-Marathon Medal.

Can my race bib and timing chip be posted out to me?

Unfortunately not. You must collect your race pack, including bib and chip, at registration in Cork City Hall on Saturday 3rd June.

Team Relay Event

How many can run in a team?

The marathon course is divided into 5 stages, so up to 5 people can share the course. The format is tailored for teams of 5, but teams of 2, 3 or 4 members can also share the course.
If your team has fewer than 5 members, at least one of you will have to take more than one consecutive stage.

How long are the relay stages?

• Start (Patrick’s Street) to near Silversprings Hotel: 5.2 miles (8.3km)
• Silversprings to Ringmahon Road: 5.5 miles (8.9km)
• Ringmahon to Victoria Road: 5.8 miles (9.3km)
• Victoria Road to Model Farm Road: 5.2 miles (8.4km)
• Model Farm Road to finishing line (Patrick’s Street): 4.6 miles (7.5km)
There’s a detailed map of the course here.

Can I run more than 1 stage?

Yes, but they must be consecutive stages. For example, with three in a team the first runner could take stages 1 & 2, while the second takes 3 & 4 and team member no. 3 takes the final stage.

Can two people share the course equally?

No, because of safety issues it hasn’t been possible to locate a changeover point on or near the halfway mark of the marathon course. However, it is still possible to share the marathon course with another runner as part of the relay.

There are 5 runners in my team. Do we need to fill out 5 forms?

No. You fill out one form per team, regardless of the number of team members. The team captain should fill out the form, giving his or her details and the name, age, gender and t-shirt size of their team mates.

How is the relay event timed?

At registration, your team will get one timing chip. The team member who will cross the finish line must wear the timing chip. The chip will activate when you cross the finish line. As with the marathon, your official time is from the starting gun to the chipped finish time.

How will I get to my relay changeover stage?

Buses to take you to your changeover point will be parked in front of City Hall before the race starts (9am). These will shuttle from City Hall to the outlying relay points. (We won’t be busing you to Victoria Road, because it’s only a 2-minute walk from City Hall!) Full details will be available at registration.

When do we register?

For Relay Teams this year, you’ll have two options for collecting your team’s race pack: Thursday 1st June from 4-7.30pm or Saturday 3rd June from 10am – 8pm. At least one of your team must register at Cork City Hall. There you’ll receive your team’s race numbers, timing chip and goodie bag.
Please note that individual members can’t collect their race number separately. The team’s pack will only be given out intact.

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