You can enter
a) on-line at eveningecho.ie/minimarathon, up to 6pm on Saturday, September 23rd 2017 (please note for those who register online after 10pm on September 18th, you will have to collect your Race Number in advance of event it will not be posted to you.
b) at the Mini-Marathon Race Office, located upstairs in Debenhams, Patricks St, Cork, up to 7pm on Thursday evening, Sept 21st (please see race office for further dates and times)
c) at the registration desk on race day which will be located on Victoria Road from 10am (race day registration will cost €15)
The Race Office is located upstairs in Debenhams, Patricks St, Cork and is open from Saturday, Sept 16th to Thursday, Sept 21st excluding Sept 17th.
Yes, until Saturday, September 23rd at 6pm. After this you can still register on race day at the Registration Desk near the start line at a cost of €15. See the Evening Echo Mini-Marathon website
Race numbers were not posted out for entries received after 18th September. You must collect your number from the registration desk on Victoria Rood on race day, or from the Skechers store in Wilton Shopping Centre on Saturday (Sept 23rd) from 11am-4pm.please bring your confirmation email with you to collect your number.
Please contact the race office on 086 8889909 and they will be able to help you.
- Please ensure to wear your race number on your front ONLY
- Please use safety pins provided to affix the race number to your front – please see the Mini Marathon Facebook page for an instructional video as to how to afix your number.
- Your race number contains a timing chip
- Do not tamper with the timing chip – you will not receive a time
if the chip is tampered with
- Most importantly, that you can be identified rapidly in the event of a medical emergency.
If you don’t have a number, you will NOT be admitted to the start area. If you join in somewhere along the course, you will NOT be covered by the race insurance and will be taking personal liability for any mishap you may cause. After you finish you will NOT receive a finisher’s medal or goodie bag. If you are involved in a medical emergency, we will not know who you are and will not have your details.
This event costs a lot of money to organise, however, the event organisers, Cork County Board, Athletics Ireland, maintain the entry charge at a low rate, significantly below that of most other similar events. There are many “hidden” costs that you may not have considered; Insurance entrants in this event are covered by insurance – anyone who has not entered will not be covered. Portaloos, barriers, including transport for these, security personnel, medical services, race numbers, pins (yes – you may only use 4, but some 50,000 pin are required @ approx. €15 per 1,000), phone & postage, race flyers, information leaflets (distributed to houses and businesses along the course), signage, public address, race radios and many, many more costs. No Athletics Ireland official or steward receives any money from this event – all time and services are provided free of charge. The big winners in this event are the various charities chosen by the charities themselves – approx. €1.5 million will be raised for charity this Sunday – all of which will be given directly to the charities by the participants. So, if people didn’t pay their entry fee, it would not be possible to cover the costs of organising and running this event and the big losers would be the charities.
Entrance to the start holding area is via Mill Road, off Victoria Road. Other roads in the area will be closed off and barriered, with security personnel present. There will be no access from the quay area or Centre Park Road. The race starts at 1pm sharp so please allow sufficient time to get to the race line as it will be extremely busy.
Unlike previous year’s there is no separate area for runners, all race participants will be mixed together. There is only 1 colour race number this year.
If you arrive early, you may be able to find a place for yourself at the front. We want everyone to enjoy their experience.
The route can be seen here, on MapMyRun. the start line is on Centre Park Road, just after Mill Road. The race continues east, along Centre Park Road, as far as the Marina, where it turns right and heads east towards Blackrock village. Turning right in Blackrock, at approx. half-way, the route heads back, along Blackrock Road, towards the city, and the finish area. In Ballintemple, the course turns right into Maryville, passing the 3 mile mark, before turning left onto Monaghan Road and directly on to the finish line. The course is essentially flat, with only one real, relatively short, drag/hill, coming out of Blackrock village.
Nominally 4 miles, the route is approx. 145 metres short of 4 miles (approx. 3.91 miles)
The water stations are at the finish area, in Kennedy Park. For safety (trip/fall hazard) and environmental reasons, there are no water stations along the route. When you have finished your water bottle, please dispose of it in one off the bins provided, in a public litter bin, or take it home with you. Please respect the environment and the goodwill of those living along the route and in the start and finish areas.
There will be portaloos
a) On Victoria Road, before entering the start/holding area.
b) On Mill Road, in the start/holding area.
c) In Blackrock Village, at approx.2 miles
d) In Kennedy Park, in the zone after the finishing chutes.
There is a Medical Plan in place for this event. There will be several ambulance and first-aid crews along the route. There will be stationary ambulances
a) In Blackrock Village (manned by The order of Malta)
b) In Kennedy Park (manned by St John’s Ambulance Brigade)
A Red Cross ambulance will follow at the rear of the race.
In addition there will be two roving Civil Defence ambulances, along with a Civil Defence jeep.
There will also be several para-medics on bicycles, and a medical doctor will be in attendance at the finish area, in Kennedy Park
Each steward on the course has the contact details for the race medical personnel, so contact one of them. In the event of a major emergency, do not hesitate to ring 999 or 112.
The route will be closed to traffic, however given the large number of houses and premises opening onto the route, it will not be possible to keep all traffic off of it, but yes, it will, essentially be traffic free. The course will be opened up gradually, after the main body of walkers has passed through. Stragglers may be asked to use the footpaths.
This year the event has chipped timing so you will be directed to run under the finish gantry in order to record your time, following this you will be directed into Kennedy Park. After your details have been recorded, you will be directed to the goodie bag & finishers medal areas, where you must hand in your race number to receive your goodie bag & finishers medal. No Number – No goodie Bag or Finishers Medal!! There will be water provided free of charge in the finish area.
The official results will be available online in the days following the race and they will also be published in a special souvenir picture special supplement in The Evening Echo, on Sat September 30th.
No. Guide dogs may be used by visually impaired participants. All other dogs are prohibited for safety and insurance reasons.
No. Buggies or strollers may not be used on the course, for safety and insurance reasons. There will be approx. 9,000 participants in this event, in a relatively confined space.