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 and Double Up (30k).

How do I enter?

Here is the link to this years registration form.

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 5th October 2019

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

When is the closing date for registering?

All events are expected to sell out again in 2019. We advise that you sign up as soon as you can.

Where do I get my race number?

Race Number collection is to be confirmed

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 the collection location. Full Marathon participants (ONLY) can pick up race numbers from 7:00am to 8:00am at the event marquee at the start area on Saturday morning.  All other race participants must collect race numbers at the number collection location (TBC)

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.

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.

What do I need for race number pick up?

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 do I collect my finisher shirt?

Run Galway Bay finisher shirts will be handed out at race number pick up.

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 22nd September 2019. 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 2020 event. You must email hello@rungalwaybay.com to confirm this before 22nd September 2019

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 are 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
First Aid Centre
Fruit and light refreshments
Post race massage
No changing rooms or showers are available

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 being 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 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 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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