Important Race Information update.
Online Registration closes on Friday 16th June at 1300hrs.
You can still enter the race on Saturday (17th June) between 1000hrs and 1400hrs at race number pickup in The Five Jockeys Pub, Claregate Street, Kildare or alternatively at race number pickup on the morning of the race in Áras Bhríde (The parish centre, beside the Parish church) Kildare.
Race Number / T-shirt Pickup
You can pick up your race number and pre paid T-Shirt on Saturday 17th June between 1000hrs & 1400hrs in The Five Jockeys Pub, Claregate Street, Kildare or on Sunday 18th from 07.15hrs onwards at Áras Bhríde (Parish Centre, beside parish church)
Race number pick up will close approx. 30 minutes before each event is due to commence, Therefore registration and race number pick up will close at the following times,
5k registration will close at 1045hrs
10k registration will close at 1030hrs
Half Marathon registration will close at 1000hrs.
Marathon registration will close at 0800hrs.
The timing of the Thoroughbred is bound by certain constraints such as access to the national stud and directions by an Garda Siochana, as a result we are operating to tight deadlines so please help us by registering, and/or picking up your number as early as possible and by being at the start line for your race in plenty of time, at least 10 minutes before your race is due to commence.
We have arranged a “bag drop off” in the parish centre (Áras Bhríde) on the morning of the race. We will have plastic bags and labels available for you to write your race number on, bags will only be returned to you when you present yourself with your own race number. Bags will not under any circumstances be returned unless we see your corresponding race number.
Please do not leave valuables in the baggage area, it is really only intended for items of clothing etc.
Baggage drop will open at 0715hrs.
The town will be extremely busy on race day as we are expecting in excess of 1000 runners along with many more visitors with the planned family attractions in the square. Please park sensibly and follow any instructions given to you by our marshals. We would request that no one parks around the parish church or its car park as this will be needed for Sunday mass goers
There are a number of Car Parks available on the day all within extremely close proximity to start and finish lines. Kildare Village Car Park – Using the boardwalk to access the square, The Convent yard, this is opposite the entrance of Beechgrove housing estate on Dublin Street, The Boys National School (beside Credit Union) opposite Áras Bhríde, Tesco Car Park on Monasterevin Rd, Underground Carpark at the Library/Post office access on Claregate St., The Railway station, Please note that this is a pay and display carpark. The rear of Cunningham’s Pub access to this is under the archway to the side of Cunninghams on Dublin St, Car park to the rear of Top Nolan’s Pub this can be accessed from Station Road; the entrance is adjacent to the Playground or opposite the TOP oil filling station.
All race participants will have use of the Toilets in the Silken Thomas prior to the race and also at the baggage drop/Number collection point at Áras Bhríde. There is also a public toilet at the square.
There are no toilets on any of the race routes.
The Marathon has one start only and commences at 0830hrs at the playground, Bride St, Kildare town
The Half Marathon commences at 1030hrs at the old courthouse beside Silken Thomas, Kildare town.
The 10k commences at 1100hrs at The Garda station opposite Kildare House Hotel (Formerly Derbyhouse)
5k commences at 1115hrs in the Square, outside MDC physiotherapy
The 5k race has no water station on route.
The 10k race has 1 water station on route.
The Half marathon has 3 water stations on route.
The marathon has 7 water stations on route which are the 3 stations for the half x 2 plus the start when you pass it commencing your second loop of the half marathon route
The water will be provided in bottles
There will of course be water for all participants at the finish.
Please be considerate of the environment by disposing of your used water bottles in or as close to the bins provided after the water stations. Ideally, we would appreciate if you could drop the bottle within 15-20 meters of the water station!
The Race itself
All three races will have a lead car provided courtesy of TP Waters. Maps of each course are provided here below. The entire event is being run on open roads with the exception of the part of the course that passes through the Irish National Stud.
All races will be run on the left hand side of the road in the same direction as the normal flow of traffic.
The use of headphones is strictly prohibited for your own safety.
If you have entered children in the event and might I add children are very welcome but please note that they must be accompanied by you or a responsible adult for the entire race.
The Half Marathon course passes over two cattle grids; the first of these is at the 1.5k mark. Please do not attempt to run over the cattle grid, we will have the gate to the left hand side opened and it is wide enough to take the expected volume of runners with ease.
The second cattle grid is at about 16k, the gate for this cattle grid again is sufficient to handle the expected volume but it is on the right hand side of the grid. You will have to cross to the right hand side of the road to use this gate; you will be directed by our marshals. As soon as you have passed this cattle grid you will again merge with the 10k race. Both grids will be well marshalled so please follow the marshal’s instructions in particular at the cattle grids and DO NOT attempt to run across them please.
Both the 10k and the half Marathon course merge at about mile .5 miles on the 10k route and mile 4.5 on the half marathon run, they run together for about 2 miles. At the 2.5 mile mark for the 10k race or the 6.5 mile mark for the half marathon the two courses separate again. At the 16k mark the half marathon runners will again merge with the 10k runners, the two races will continue to the entrance of the National Stud where you will all merge with the 5k runners. All three races will continue from that point to the finish.
The Marathon route is 2 loops of the half marathon route
So what do you really need to watch for?
!This is the big one! After you pass the main visitors entrance for the Irish National Stud on the left hand side you will very soon come to a water station, after this water station the 10k runners will stay left and the Marathon and half marathon runners will stay right! It’s really that simple.
This part of the course will be particularly well marshalled and you will be well warned in advance.
Mile/KM markers on the course on the day will be colour coded as follows.
BLUE - Marathon
BLUE – Half Marathon
Orange – 10k
White – 5k.
The race finishes at Dr Dwyers which is on the National Stud side of the Parish Church, and we ask that the finishers keep moving forward from the finish line where you will be provided with water and bananas.
Your finishers medal will be available for collection from Áras Bhríde (Parish Centre) please note to collect your medal you must have your assigned colour coded race number, medals will be specific to the race distance ran. You will also be given a food token which is redeemable for hot food at the Taste of Kildare food stalls in Market Square.
All winners will be presented with their prize soon after they cross the finish line and pose for a photograph on our podium.
We encourage you to bring the family along and make Father’s Day a family fun filled day, with the following attractions;
Specialist Nursery Plant exhibitors, fresh from Bloom & Chelsea, some of Ireland's leading Irish growers and gardening experts will be exhibiting their wears on Town Sq, unusual and exotic garden plants.
Taste of Kildare
Artisan food producers and restaurants serving an array of gourmet food, why not eat al fresco on our picnic tables where everyone can be catered from their own favourite restaurant in town.
Large screen TV on Sq, giving live relay of race, so if you don't want to run or walk you can keep an eye on progress from Sq, while enjoying activities, of our Circus street entertainers, jugglers, fire acrobatics, stilt walkers, magic show and many more.
Worth mentioning if you are a walker or a runner please do not bring your dog! For obvious reasons Dogs are not allowed access to the Stud.
The organisers would like to thank you for choosing our race; we do hope you find it enjoyable and that we live up to your expectations before during and after the race.Long may you run. Congratulations