Organised by Davis Events Agency on behalf of Cork City Council

FAQ

General Queries

What roads will be closed and when?

All road closures and the route map will be continually updated on this page https://www.corkcitymarathon.ie/ccm-race-programme-2022/ closer to the time of the Marathon. These closures will be done in consultation and in partnership with Cork City Council and the Guards.

How can my local business get involved?

For more information about sponsorship and partnership opportunities with Cork City Marathon contact Thomas Monaghan on thomas.monaghan@davisevents.ie.

How can I volunteer?

See our Volunteer page for more info on how you can get involved!
https://www.corkcitymarathon.ie/volunteer/

Do you have information for international athletes?

If you have decided to come join us in beautiful Cork for the Cork City Marathon, welcome!
The marathon will take place on Sunday 4th June with registration taking place on Friday 2nd June and Saturday 3rd June.

Overall, the Cork City Marathon course is flatter than most marathons in Ireland. We start at 10 metres elevation and the greatest elevation will be around the 30-35km mark with a maximum of 35 metres elevation.

For information on how to reach Cork, please see this link:
https://www.purecork.ie/plan-your-trip/travel/getting-to-cork

For accommodation options suited to the Marathon start and finish line, please click below:
https://www.corkcitymarathon.ie/accommodation/

For information on the Marathon and the route, please see below:
https://www.corkcitymarathon.ie/the-marathon-2/

If you are trying to decide what else to do while you are in Cork, this website is packed full of suggestions of great places to visit!
https://www.purecork.ie/

If you would like to explore more of Ireland, this website has lots of helpful suggestions and info. https://www.discoverireland.ie/

General Race Queries

Can I participate with a hand bike in the race?

Sorry no, we can’t take Hand Bikes in the race this year as they are too fast for the tunnel closure. However, we are in a position to take wheelchairs in the event.

Are (bone conducting) headphones allowed?

It is greatly discouraged to use any type of headphones during the race. A runner who uses headphones is less aware of their surroundings. People with headphones can’t hear people behind them passing them out and can’t hear instructions from pacers and stewards such as ‘to watch the kerb on the left’ etc. It takes away from their concentration. Thus, runners who wear headphones are more susceptible to injury. Therefore we ask all runners to not wear any type of headphones during the race to make the event safer for everyone. 

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 Friday or the day before the race. If you can’t make it to registration yourself, you may give your registration form (with the barcode) to someone else so they can pick it up for you. Please make sure they know your Date of Birth and your mobile number.

Can i wear a hydration backpack for the race?

Yes, you can absolutely wear a hydration pack when running a marathon or any race. Just remember you want to wear it while training as well, so there is nothing new for you on race day.

More and more runners bring their own hydration backpack, bottles or vests to races now to cut down on plastic bottles – a great way to protect the planet.

Can I bring my own bottle for the race?

Yes, absolutely! Either two small handhelds (one in each hand for even weight distribution) or one handheld will do the trick for shorter run. Flasks are great because they’re there when you need them, and you can stash them when you don’t.

If you only want one, pass it back and forth between hands each mile—it’ll prevent you from developing imbalances and give you something to focus on as the miles tick by..

If you prefer to stow your necessities on your waist, a lumbar pack or belt are ideal. Placing the weight of water on the small of your back in the center is the best place to distribute that weight without throwing off your form. Plus, packs have room to stow your fluids and other fuel or gear you may need such as gels, snacks, or sunscreen.

Another option would be running vest, which is popular among trail and ultra runners.

More and more runners bring their own hydration backpack, bottles or vests to races now to cut down on plastic bottles – a great way to protect the planet.

Can I get a refund, deferment or change my ticket if I can't run?

All refunds, ticket changes and deferral options are now closed.

Can I change details of my booking for example my athletic club or tshirt size?

When you received your registration email, you also got an email to activate your Event Master Account. If you activate or login to your account you can see your tickets/orders. In the bottom left, you can see a green/blue button that says “Edit.” If you click that button you can edit details including your tshirt size and athletic club.

Can I transfer my booking to someone else?

Yes, this is possible but we recommend only making a transfer to someone you know (family/close friends) as the account stays with the original purchaser who will receive information and has editing ability.
When you received your registration email, you also got an email to activate your Event Master Account. If you activate or login to your account you can see your tickets/orders. In the bottom left, you can see a green/blue button that says “Edit.” If you click that button you can edit the name and email address and other related details so you can change to another person. Once you have made edits, you can click the “Resend” button which will send an updated copy of ticket to the person you have listed.
Please note any payment needs to be done between the original purchaser and the new marathon runner directly. Please also note that any information emails will be sent to the original purchaser and will need to be forwarded on to the new marathon runner.

Can I change from a Full Marathon Ticket to a Half Marathon Ticket?

Yes, but only before April 14th deadline, you can change from a Full Marathon ticket to a Half Marathon Ticket. Changing of the ticket type will cancel your current ticket and creates a new one with selected ticket type. When you received your registration email, you also got an email to activate your Event Master Account. If you activate or login to your account you can see your tickets/orders. Below your order, you can see a green/blue button that says “Change Ticket.” Clicking on this, you will be able to select to change your ticket. Please note there is no partial refund in changing from a Full Marathon Ticket to a Half Marathon Ticket or any other lower value ticket. After April 14th, it is not possible to change your ticket type and no ticket changes can be facilitated.

Can I change from a Half Marathon Ticket to a Full Marathon Ticket?

Yes, but only before April 14th deadline, you can change from a Half Marathon ticket to a Full Marathon Ticket. Changing of the ticket type will cancel your current ticket and will create a new one with your selected ticket type.
When you received your registration email, you also got an email to activate your Event Master Account. If you activate or login to your account you can see your tickets/orders. Below your order, you can see a green/blue button that says “Change Ticket.” Clicking on this, you will be able to select to change your ticket and the difference in cost to be paid. Please note there is an additional cost in changing from a Half Marathon Ticket to a Full Marathon Ticket due to the difference in ticket pricing. After April 14th, it is not possible to change your ticket type and no ticket changes can be facilitated.

Can I fundraise for a charity?

Cork City Marathon is the perfect event to fundraise for a charity that is near and dear to your heart. It’s quick and easy to use. When registering, you can specify that you are fundraising and you can select your chosen charity from the list.

After you have completed your event purchase, an online fundraising page will be automatically created for you.
You can then share your fundraising pages with your friends and immediately start receiving donations.
All funds raised for the charity will be transferred to their bank account in real time using Stripe payments.

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) 2hrs after the start.

You must reach the South Link Road (mile 17.6) no later than 4hrs after the start. Both of these cut-off times are achievable at a pace of about 13.5mins/mile.

6 hours after the start, 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.

How will I get an official time for my race?

Each marathon participant will wear a timing chip in your race number bib. 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?

Overall, the Cork City Marathon course is flatter than most marathons in Ireland. We start at 10 metres elevation and the greatest elevation will be around the 30-35km mark with a maximum of 35 metres elevation.

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.

Half Marathon

Is this an official half-marathon course?

Yes. The Cork City Half 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.

How will I get an official time for my race?

Each half-marathon participant will wear a timing chip in your race number bib. 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 the day before the race. If you can’t make it to registration yourself, you may give your registration form (with the barcode) to someone else so they can pick up for you. Please make sure they know your Date of Birth and your mobile number.

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?

LEG 1: Start (Patrick’s Street) to near Silversprings Hotel: 4.7 miles (7.6km)

LEG 2: Silversprings to Ringmahon Road: 5.5 miles (8.8km)

LEG 3: Ringmahon to Victoria Road: 5.8 miles (9.3km)

LEG 4: Victoria Road to Model Farm Road: 5.7 miles (9.2km)

LEG 5: Model Farm Road to finishing line (Patrick’s Street): 4.6 miles (7.4km)

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. You’ll find all your options for sharing the course here.

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. 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?

Registration is online (link to EventMaster.ie opens in new window) and you should register your team as soon as possible. At least one member of each relay team must come to Cork City Hall to pick up your team’s race pack. Here you can find more information about registration on the day.

Will I get a goody bag?

There is one bag per team which you can pick up at registration. Please note the items have to shared between the team members, there is not one each.

You can find full Terms & Conditions here