FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Run Galway Bay?

This event includes a Full Marathon (26.2 miles), Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and a 10K. All suitable for both runners and walkers.

How do I enter?

All events for this year’s Run Galway Bay are now completely sold out.

What is the entry fee?

The online entry fee is €50 for the full marathon, €45 for the half marathon and €35 for the Galway Bay 10K.

When is the event taking place?

The event takes place on Saturday 7th October 2017

8:30am for the Full Marathon (26.2 miles)
10:30 am for the 10K Galway  walk/run
12:15 pm for the Half Marathon (13.1 miles)

When is the closing date for registering?

Registration is now closed.

Where do I get my race number?

Race Pack collection will take place on Friday 6th October 3pm to 9pm and Saturday 7th October 7.30am – 11am at Elverys Intersport, Headford Road Retail Park, Galway.

Note: Full Marathon registration will take place at Elverys Intersport on Friday but will only be taking place at the Race Marquee on Saturday 7th October from 7 am.

Where can I stay?

We recommend the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill or our other Accommodation Partners which can be viewed here.

Can I transfer between events?

You can transfer up to 23rd September 2017. After this date it is too late.

Can I transfer my registration to another person?

No, we can not facilitate any changes of names on entries. The option here is to defer your entry to the 2018 event. You must email hello@rungalwaybay.com to confirm this.

What does my entry fee to Run Galway Bay 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

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.

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

Where is the Race Start and Finish Line?

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

What facilities are available at the start and finish line?

Storage area for belongings for registered participants (at owners risk)
Water stations
Toilets
First Aid Centre
Fruit and light refreshments
Post race massage
No changing rooms or showers are available

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 lots of carparks in the city center which is a short walk to the start/finish area.

Q-Park is also offering 20% off pre-booked car parking in the city centre when you use the code: GalMar20
Here is the link to the pre-book car park.

How is the race signposted?

There is a mile marker at each mile for the Half Marathon and each kilometer 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 here.

Is the race being timed?

Yes, the Galway Bay Half Marathon, Marathon & 10K will be chip timed, from 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 prizes?

Run Galway Bay have announced the overall prize fund for this year’s events.
Prize structure as follows:

Full Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K Individual: €500 1st, €125 2nd, €75 3rd – for male and female plus trophies.

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

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, that 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.

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.

How can I contact the race organisers?

Please email us below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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