FAQ

What is Run Galway Bay?

Run Galway Bay is an annual road race that includes a Full Marathon (26.2 miles), Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and a 10K and Double Up (30k).

How do I enter?

Our 2019 event is currently completely sold out. We’ll have registration information up for 2020 very soon. Sign up to our newsletter and you’ll get it straight to your inbox – easy!

What is the entry fee?

Entry fees are €50 for the full marathon, €45 for the half marathon and €35 for the 10K.

When Is the event taking place?

Our 2019 event will be taking place on Saturday, 5th October 2019.

8:30am for the Full Marathon (26.2 miles)
10:30am for the 10K & Double Up
12:15pm for the Half Marathon (13.1 miles)

When is the closing date for registering?

All events are expected to sell out each year – we advise you sign up as soon as you can if you’re interested in participating.

Is there parking at the start and finish line?

There is no parking along the course. The course is fully closed to traffic from 8:00am. There are many carparks in the city centre only a short walk from the start/finish area.

Is there parking at the start and finish line?

There is no parking along the course. The course is fully closed to traffic from 8:00am. There are many carparks in the city centre only a short walk from the start/finish area.

Where Do I collect my Finisher shirt?

You’ll get this at the race number pick up.

Can I transfer between events?

You can transfer up to the 22nd September 2019. After this date, it’s too late.

Can I transfer my registration to another person?

No, we cannot facilitate any name changes on entries. There is an option to defer your entry to 2020, but this must be done before September 22nd 2019.

What Does my Entry Fee Include?

The entry fee includes:
– Race entry
– Finishers T-shirt
– Finishers Medal
– Timing Chip
– Fruit and light refreshments after the event
– Water, first aid stations and toilets every three miles

What Is the Route?

Details of the route and a route map can be found by clicking on the relevant links below

10k Route Map

Half Marathon Route Map

Marathon Route Map

How is the race signposted?

There is a mile marker at each mile for the Half Marathon and each kilometre for the 10K. The race is measured and accredited by the Athletics Association of Ireland. The route will be clearly signposted and the route details are available on our route map for each event.

Is the race timed?

Yes, all events will be chip timed from the start line to finish line. The results will be available online as soon as possible after the event and top places will be announced on race day.

Are There Pacers?

Yes, thanks to Athenry AC and Marathon Club Ireland there are pacers as follows:
10K – 60 Minutes
21K – 1:45, 2:00 & 2:15
42K – 3:30, 4:00 & 4:30

Will The Roads Be Closed to Traffic?

Yes, the roads will be closed but it is just westbound traffic lane that will be closed allowing access for all residents and businesses along the route.

What Is The Cut Off Time?

Run Galway Bay does not have a cut off time, but our road closure finishes at 2:30 pm. At this point barriers and signs must be taken down.

Participants must then progress to the finish line using the footpath along the promenade.

Where Do I Get My Race Number?

Race number collection will be held in Tesco in the Galway Shopping Centre, Headford road, Galway

Friday 4th October 3pm – 9pm  Marathon, Half Marathon, Double Up & 10k
Saturday 5th October 8am – 11am  Half Marathon, Double Up & 10k

Important Note: There will be no Full Marathon Number Pick Up from TESCO on Race Morning. Only 10K & Half Marathon numbers available at TESCO on Race Morning.

Please Note: Race pick up will open ONLY at the times stated above and not before so please plan your day accordingly as we will not be in a position to facilitate packet pick up earlier than the times stated above.

What Do I Need For Race Number Pickup?

Please bring a copy of the first page of your pre-event email that will be sent to you on race week this email will contain your race number. You can either print this email or have it on your phone to show to our registration team. Please also bring a copy of your photo ID (Drivers Licence or Passport)

You can pick up a number for a fellow runner but you must have their confirmation email and a copy of their ID.

Where Is My Timing Chip?

Your Timing Chip is built into the back of your race number. Don’t tamper with the chip and wear your number on the front of your top where race officials can see it.

Where is the start and finish line?

The start and finish line are located at Nimmo’s Pier in The Claddagh, at the edge of Galway City towards Salthill.

Where is the start and finish line?

The start and finish line are located at Nimmo’s Pier in The Claddagh, at the edge of Galway City towards Salthill.

what race facilities are available?

Storage area for belongings for registered participants (at owners risk), water stations, toilets, first aid centre, fruit and light refreshments, post race massage.

Important: No changing rooms or showers are available.

Are there Prizes?

Yes, there will be cash prizes and trophies across the Full Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K for top 3 male and female runners.

Prize Fund:
€500 1st place
€125 2nd place
€75 3rd place

Are there Water Stations / First Aid?

Yes, there are water stations every 3 miles and First Aid facilities at the start/ finish line.

At Run Galway Bay we are aware that each participant is different. In an effort to cater for everyone’s needs, there will be plenty of water available on course in 3 forms:
1. Cup of water
2. Half a 500ml bottle (250ml)
3. Full 500ml bottle

Please help us to reduce wastage and litter by choosing the right amount for you, and be aware that if our brilliant volunteers hand you a half bottle, we promise it has been newly opened and the other half is in the cup, as some participants don’t like carrying a bottle. See you at the start line!

Still Have A Question We Haven't Answered?

Use the form below to get in touch with the Run Galway Bay team.

Please note that we’ll be on site from October 3rd and unable to guarantee a reply before the event. Call into the registration in Tesco on October 4th with any questions, or check our social media channels for the latest updates.