It is NOT a race!
It is NOT competitive!
It IS an opportunity for young people (over 16 years of age) to engage in an activity that is Fun, is Challenging and that promotes fitness, activity, participation and mental health.
Teams of 5 will complete the marathon course as a relay, taking a stage each and completing a maximum of 5.8 miles.
Each team will be led by a Challenge Leader, who must be over 18 on race day.
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.
The first participant from each team starts the marathon and completes his/her leg before handing over to a team-mate 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 team mate 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). Download 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.
To enter, download the Youth Challenge entry form 2017 (PDF) and fill in the details of your team. The team leader must be over 18 on race day and willing to be responsible for the team.
In addition to the team’s form, each member aged 16 or 17 must complete a Youth Declaration Form 2017.
Once you’ve gathered all the personal declaration forms, post them back to Event Manager, Cork City Marathon, City Hall, Cork. If you’ve given us an email address on the form, you’ll receive confirmation of your entry by email as soon as we process it.
In addition to the standard race rules, there are a few additional regulations that apply:
If you’re already following a programme that works for you, stick with it. If you’re not, you might want to check out our options here, with thanks to LeisureWorld Cork. They’re 12-week programmes but you can tailor them to suit you and your team mates’ level of experience.