Youth Challenge

What is the Youth Challenge?

The Cork Youth Challenge takes place within the main Team Relay as part of marathon race day. It’s for 16 to 18-year olds, but if needs be, an adult can run as part of the team.

It is NOT a race!

It is NOT competitive!

It IS an opportunity for young people over 16 years of age to be part of the Cork City Marathon Team Relay. It’s fun, it’s challenging and it promotes fitness, activity, participation and mental health.

Teams of 5 complete the marathon course as a relay, taking a stage each and completing a maximum of 5.8 miles/9.3km.

Each team will be led by a Challenge Leader, who must be over 18 on race day. The team leader doesn’t have to run as part of the team but can do so if desired.

How to Enter

Details on how to enter the Youth Challenge will be published soon.

Who can enter?

The Youth Challenge is for youths between the ages of 16 and 18. All participants must be 16 years or older on race day. Teams must have an adult – over the age of 18 – as the Challenge Leader. The Leader does not have to run but will be the point of contact for the marathon office. On Race Day, the Leader, should be available by phone in case of need.

How does it work?

The first participant from each team starts the marathon and completes his/her leg before handing it over to a teammate at the relay changeover points. Teams will be issued with a team wristband in their team pack at registration. The wristband must be handed over to their teammate at each changeover point.

The distance between each changeover point ranges from just over 4.5 miles (7.2km) to just over 5.8 miles (9.3km). We’ll publish soon a document on ‘How the Relay Works’ for details on the stages. You’ll get more information on the relay here.

Shuttle buses will operate on race day to carry participants to the changeover points.

The finishing member of each team will wear a timing chip, which will give the team’s official time.

Rules and Regulations

In addition to the standard race rules, there are a few additional regulations that apply:

  • Youth Challenge Participants must be 16 years of age or over on June 5th 2022.
  • Each under-18 participant and their parent or guardian must sign the personal declaration form which must accompany the entry form (coming soon).
  • The closing date for entries is Friday May 13th 2022.
  • More details to follow

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If you’re already following a training programme that works for you, stick with it. If you’re not, you might want to check back here for our 12-week programmes but you can tailor them to suit your experience and time-frame.

We are just updating them for 2022 and will publish them here soon.