FAQs

FAQs

Weekend Schedule


Friday 1pm-10pm:  Race pack collection from our office at the Dingle Marina (for overseas and ‘for collection’ entries only)
Saturday 8.30am:  Half/full race build up, Strand Street
Saturday 9am:  Half/Full race start, Strand Street
Saturday 10.30am-3pm:  Physio/Massage, Dingle Marina
Saturday 10am-6pm:  Shower facilities available, Dingle Skellig Hotel (€5 cover/bring towel)
Saturday 11am:  Half marathon prize ceremony, Half Finish area
Saturday 1pm:  Full marathon prize ceremony, Full Finish area
Saturday 10.30pm till late:  After party, Cover bands and DJs @ HILLGROVE

When will I receive my race pack?


IRISH PARTICIPANTS: Race Packs will be posted to all Irish participants towards the end of August. This pack will contain your bib number (with integrated timing chip), a baggage sticker and general information. You are then race ready and do not need to register in Dingle. Simply turn up at the start line in good time for a 9am sharp start.

 

OVERSEAS PARTICITPANTS: You must collect your Race Pack on Friday 1st September between 1pm and 10pm from our office at the Dingle Marina, Strand Street. The office is located in the building opposite the Aquarium and beside the Full Finish line car park. This will be clearly signposted. Early Saturday morning collections will take place from 7am-8am in the same location.

 

FOR COLLECTION: If you selected “For Collection” when you registered you must collect your Race Pack on Friday 1st September between 1pm and 10pm from our office at the Dingle Marina, Strand Street. The office is located in the building opposite the Aquarium and beside the Full Finish line car park. This will be clearly signposted. Early Saturday morning collections will take place from 7am-8am in the same location.

What time does the race start?

Both the Full and Half Marathon start together at 9am sharp on Saturday 2nd September 2017. Please arrive at the start line early, we would recommend to be there by 8.30am at the latest.

Is there somewhere I can drop my bag?

Yes. Your race pack contains a sticker with your race number on it. Please attach this to your bag in advance.

 

FULL RUNNERS BAGS – must be handed in at the “Full baggage” van and the start line. Your bag will then be ready for collection at the full finish line.

 

HALF RUNNERS BAGS – must be handed in at the “Half baggage” van and the start line. Your bag will then be transferred to the HALF FINISH LINE and will be ready for collection at the HALF FINISH LINE. Please note that the Half Baggage van will depart from the start line 20 minutes before the event (at 8:40am).

 

One small bag per person is permitted. Please do not place valuable items, or items that may be easily damaged, in your baggage.

 

Any discarded clothing will be given to charity.

Where can I park my Car?

We provide 3 free car parks on the approach to Dingle Town from 7am Saturday morning. These are approximately a 5/10 minute walk from the start line. Please follow event signage and Gardai (Police) and stewards will direct you into same. All vehicles must be removed by 6pm.

 

If you are staying in Dingle we would advise you to walk from your accommodation where possible. Please do not attempt to park in the main car park at the start area as this is a limited period fee-paying car park and you are likely to receive a parking fine.

Are there prizes for the winners?

Yes. Prize categories for this year’s Dingle Marathon are as follows:

  • Full marathon 1/2/3 male/female
  • Half marathon 1/2/3 male/female
  • Wheelchair category

Placings will be awarded on gun time not chip time e.g. whoever crosses the line first wins.

Are there pacers available to help me achieve my time?

Yes, all you got to do is keep up! Pacers are available for the following times:

Half marathon: 1.30, 1.45, 2.00, 2.15

Full marathon: 3.30, 3.45, 4.00, 4.15, 4.30

Is the course marked in miles or kilometres?

The course is marked in miles.

What refreshments and toilets are available on the course?

Water stations – There are 8 water stations at approximately 3 mile intervals, however the physical layout of the roads does not allow them to be exactly every 3 miles. They are located at miles 3, 5.5, 8.5, 12, 15.5, 18, 21, 22.7. Toilets are also positioned at all these stations.

 

In addition to water, jellies and bananas are on mile 9 with jellies, bananas, Lucozade Sport and energy gels on mile 21.

 

Do not throw bottles or rubbish over fences or walls, dispose of litter responsibly after each water stop at bins provided 200 metres beyond each water station or else drop your rubbish at the next mile marker. Be particularly careful disposing of gel wrappers. Please respect the environment you are in.

 

A snack pack and water are provided at the finish line.

Will I receive a medal and finishers top?

You will receive your Dingle Marathon Finishers top and medal at the finish line. Race tops and medals are supplied by Titan Sports.

Can my family and friends join me at the Half Finish line?

Spectators are not permitted access to the half-line finish area as there is not sufficient room or parking to facilitate same. We would ask that this is respected for the comfort of all runners. Any traffic attempting to reach the area will be turned back by Gardai on point duty. We are sorry but there is no flexibility available to us in this regard. This is a rural location with a very limited road network which we must keep clear for the comfort, safety and enjoyment of all participants.

Can I be collected from the Half Finish line?

No. There is not sufficient room or parking to facilitate same. We are sorry but there is no flexibility available to us in this regard. This is a rural location with a very limited road network which we must keep clear for the comfort, safety and enjoyment of all participants.

 

Free buses are provided and will drop you off at Milltown Bridge in Dingle Town.

Are spectators permitted on the course?

Spectators are welcome along the route but must obey the road closure restrictions. Do not, under any circumstances park on or block any routes along the way as this may cause a safety hazard. Public health and safety are of paramount importance for the event. All necessary measures are being put in place to facilitate the smooth running of the entire weekend. If you have any further queries regarding public safety, road closures, etc please contact us.

 

Bicycles and motorised vehicles are forbidden on the marathon course with the exception of official event vehicles.

Will the roads be closed to vehicles?

Yes full road closures will be in place on a rolling basis throughout the course. Road Closure times will be published in local newspapers and please feel free to contact us if you require any specific assistance.

What side of the road should I run on?

For the first 13 miles runners are free to run wherever they wish on the road however please be aware the emergency and official vehicles may need to overtake you so please be mindful of any traffic approaching, particularly from behind you.

 

Full runners should run on the right hand side of the road for the second half of the course in order to facilitate official half marathon buses driving on the left hand side eg buses to the left hand side, runners to the right hand side of the road.

Can I walk the Half and Full Marathons?

Yes absolutely. Walkers are extremely welcome and hundreds of walkers partake every year. If fact, we think it is a fabulous way to enjoy the scenery in all its glory.

 

Please be advised that there is a 3 hours and 30 minute cut off for the half marathon and 6 hour cut off for the full marathon. At this point you must either leave the course which we will facilitate or continue the remainder of the route as a normal pedestrian and no marathon resources will be available to you after this time. Please do not attempt the course if you do not think you can complete it within the above times.

Will there be official photographers on the course?

Yes, we will have official photographers on the course and we will publish all photographs free of charge on our Facebook page and website.

Will there be merchandise available?

Yes official Dingle Marathon merchandise will be available for purchase the full finish line area. This will include exclusive Dingle Marathon merchandise offers. All merchandise is provided by Titan Sports.

What are the course records?

The course records after 2015 are:

 

FULL

MALE

Gary O’Hanlon

TIME

2:29:58

YEAR

2014

FEMALE

Maria Mc Carthy

TIME

3:13:17

YEAR

2011

HALF

MALE

Michael Hurlihy

TIME

1:10:57

YEAR

2009

FEMALE

Reto Lonz

TIME

1:23:07

YEAR

2010

Will there be official timing?

Yes. Your race bib number contains a built in timing chip. In order for same to work you must wear your race number TO THE FRONT. Your race number is your timing chip, keep this exposed as much as possible. No number, no race!

 

Your official results will be posted on www.dinglemarathon.ie shortly after the event.

Can I withdraw from the event, switch distances or transfer my entry to a friend?

Entry Fees are non-refundable but you may defer to the 2018 event by contacting us by 16th July 2017.

 

Entries are strictly non-transferable, so you cannot give your entry to someone else.

 

You may switch distances if required by contacting us before 30th June 2017 or prior to this date if the event is sold out.

Do you accept volunteers to help out on the day?

Absolutely, volunteers are an essential part of making the event run smoothly. Please contact us if you are interesting in lending a hand on the day and we will assign you to be part of the support team in areas including baggage reclaim, helping out at water stations, supporting the participants, handing out medals, etc. We’d love to hear from you, please get in touch.

 

If your part of a community, sports or social group who would be interested in getting involved we would love to hear from you too, so please email us at run@dinglemarathon.ie.

If I need medical assistance on the day what should I do?

Please write your details and medical information on the reverse of the number in order that our first aid teams and medical staff can quickly learn of any medical issues that you may have.

 

First Aid personnel are strategically positioned in and around the route to assist any runners and also to ensure no disruption to normal day to day services. First aid staff are available at all water stations, the start line, the finish lines and in mobile response vehicles.

 

Please inform any steward or race official if you need medical assistance and they will arrange same for you immediately. It is strongly recommended that you consult your doctor if you have any doubt about your health or fitness level.

 

If you are not currently involved in a physical sporting activity, you should seek medical advice before entering the event.

What is the minimum age for participating?

All participants must have reached their eighteenth birthday by the day of the event.