Frequently Asked Questions

We would like to welcome you to the Streets of Galway 8km road race, which is organised by Galway City Harriers AC, the long established athletics club in Galway. Here you will find some more information about the race.


What is it?

The Streets of Galway 8K road race is an annual event which had its inaugural running back in 1986.

Saturday 6th August 7pm will see the 36th staging of the race which has been hosted since 1991 by local athletics club, Galway City Harriers AC.

When is it?

The race takes place on the weekend after the August Bank Holiday - Saturday 6th August 2022 at 7pm.

Where is it?

The race starts and finishes in the Claddagh area of Galway City. The course winds a path on the roads and streets through the city centre and out into the Salthill suburbs, before returning on the roads along the coastline to Southpark in the Claddagh where the finish line is located.

Who is the race sponsor?

This year we are once again delighted to have the Galway Clinic as the Streets of Galway 8K race sponsor.

The Galway Clinic is a Galway institution and is a major health provider and employer for the city and county. The Galway Clinic aims to improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities it serves, and to promote health and wellbeing across society.

What is the entry fee?

An Early Bird entry will be available for €20 until June 6th plus processing fee. A standard entry fee of €25 will apply from the 7th of June plus processing fee and includes a superb race tee shirt, number and chip timing and an opportunity to race the Streets of Ireland's friendliest city.

Where do I sign up?

Register via MyRunResults website

How can I confirm my registration details (including race number)?

The race starter list will be available closer to Race Day which is Saturday 6th August 2022.

The list will be published on the Galway City Harriers website.

What do finishers of the race get?

Each participant receives a commemorative t-shirt  when they pick up their race number.

Is there a bonus for a race record?

Yes. There will be a bonus awarded if an overall race record is set by a male or female athlete. The current race records stand as follows:

Male race-record: 22m49s

Held jointly by Séamus Power (Kilmurray Ibrickane) 1998 and Josphat Boit (Clonliffe Harriers) 2009, albeit over different courses.

Female race-record: 26m01s

Rosemary Ryan (Bilboa AC) 2001

The above times must be improved on (and not just equalled) in order for a new race record to be officially ratified.

Do I have to declare a team entry in advance?

No. Team prizes will be awarded to the top 4 male scorers and the top 3 female scorers associated with the same athletics club (which must be affiliated to Athletics Ireland or some other national athletics governing body) according to the final finishing order.

There will also be a special category prize this year for groupings of individuals (e.g. workplace colleagues, gym members, family members, etc.) that are entered into the race together.

In order to do this, it is simply a matter of ensuring all team/family members associate the same team name (e.g. "Team Kelly") to their individual race entries via the "Workplace/Gym/non-AI Team" field on the online race entry form. Much like the athletics club team competition, teams do not have to be formally declared beforehand, they just need to be associated to the individual entry and team prizes will then be awarded based on the finishing order (e.g. first 4 members of the same team home = 1st team prize).

Note - it is permissible to associate your individual entry to both an athletics club and a team and enter both competitions. The main difference between the athletics club competition and the other team competition is that the non athletic club teams can be mixed gender. Team members are also eligible for individual category prizes.

I'm not able to take part. Can I participate by helping out in any way?

Yes, absolutely. We would be delighted to get assistance in any way possible, either before, during or after the event. Some typical tasks that our race day volunteers carry out include:

  • race pack assembly
  • race pack collection
  • catering (before and after)
  • race route marshaling
  • start/finish line logistics
  • water distribution (5K mark and finish line)

Note - you do not have to be a member of host club Galway City Harriers AC to help out. Please contact sogvolunteers@gmail.com for more details.

I've entered and paid but now cannot run. Can I transfer my entry to another person?

You may officially transfer your race entry to another person via a link provided on the confirmation email you will have received on registration of your race entry. There will however be a nominal fee charged for this service.

Note - we cannot hold onto (for later collection) or post out t-shirts that are not collected at race pack collection time.

I've entered and paid but now cannot run. Can I obtain a refund?

No. Unfortunately we cannot process refunds for logistical reasons.

I've entered and paid but now cannot run. Can I defer my entry until next year?

No. Unfortunately we cannot process race entry deferrals not for logistical reasons.

Can I register on race day?

No. We cannot process on-the-day entries for logistical reasons.

What do I get with my race pack?

Your race-pack will contain a race number (bib) with integrated timing chip and a souvenir t-shirt (gender/size specific, as per your stated preference on the entry form).

Is there an age limit?

Yes - you must be a minimum of 16 years of age on the day of the race to run as a junior. If you are 20 years of age (or older) on the day of the race, you qualify to run as a senior athlete (or in one of the age/gender denominated age categories).

I've entered and paid but now have a query regarding my payment.

Please contact our online race registration partners in the first instance.

Is there a finishing time limit?

Yes. We cannot guarantee that you will get unobstructed passage on the race route after 60 minutes as stewarding will be scaled back at that point and roads will be fully open again.

Is the timing chip/ race number (bib) disposable?

Yes. It will not be required beyond the finish line but please dispose of carefully and do not litter.

Can I run with a buggy or pet?

No - Buggies, younger children or pets are not permitted on the race route.

Can I run with headphones/ear-plugs?

No - for the safety of all, you are not permitted to run while listening to music. This is to ensure that you are aware of what is going on around you, and can clearly hear any instructions from the Gardaí or race officials when out on the course.

Will there be starting zones (pens) for runners of different abilities?

As a general rule, only athletes capable of finishing in less than 30 minutes should occupy the first 20 rows of the starting area.  As a mark of courtesy to your fellow runners and for your own comfort and safety, we would ask that walkers/joggers/slower runners should place themselves towards the back of the field at the start. We have balloons with pacers for the following times :

35 minutes, 40 minutes, 45 minutes, 50 minutes.

For all participants, please note that your timing chip will record your actual net time and any delays in crossing over the starting mat after the gun will not take from your chip time. Gun time (or gross time) will be considered as the official finish time and will be used to determine prize winners. Chip times will be recorded and published for all athletes as well however.

What do I do with my race-number/timing chip?

Your race number and timing chip have been specifically allocated to you and you alone. It is strictly forbidden to exchange them with anybody else. Please ensure that the number (bib) in your race pack corresponds to the race number assigned to you at registration time. If this is not the case, please return it to the race organisers. The timing chip is embedded in the race number (bib) and it is important to attach it securely to your running top and keep it attached for the duration of the entire race. Your race number (bib) should only be attached to the front of your running top in order for it to be accurately read by the timing system at race start/finish. Finally, do not bend, fold, trim or otherwise modify the race number (bib) in any way. Modifying the race number could damage the timing chip antenna which will impair it's sensitivity and result in either an incorrect or no reading.

Where can I park?

There will be no parking at the start/finish area so please avail of the many city centre car parks or on street parking in the nearby vicinity.

Please note that as the race starts and finishes in a residential area, we would ask that you respect the local environs by not obstructing access to private residences and to use litter bins to dispose of all rubbish.

What time should I arrive?

The race starts at 7pm sharp. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the start line (15-20 minutes minimum) as due to the expected large numbers taking part you will miss the starting gun if you leave it to the last minute.

Race headquarters is at the Galway Rovers clubhouse on Nimmo's Pier in the Claddagh and you should go there to warm up (in Southpark) or to avail of the toilet or changing facilities beforehand.

Are the roads closed during the race?

No. Due to the logistics of the race and the distance covered, we do not apply for an official road closure. The Gardaí provide assistance with race marshaling however, particularly at all signaled junctions. There are numerous other race marshals stationed along the route to ensure safety of passage of all the athletes. Participants are requested to proceed with caution and to obey the instructions of the Gardaí and race officials at all times during the evening.

My chip-time = my race-time or I have been assigned "No Time" in the results data - what does this mean?
  • Reason for chip-time = race-time in results data: No detection of the chip at the start-line but positive detection at finish-line
  • Participant listed as "No Time" in results data: No detection at the finish-line (or commentator's pickup antenna on the course) but positive detection at the start-line.

Non-detection of timing chips are typically due to some or all combinations of the following issues:

  1. wearing of clothing over the race number (bib)
  2. arm held across the race number to start/stop/check a stopwatch
  3. race number folded horizontally affecting the chip antennae (chips are mounted vertically on the bib to align with number digits so as to minimise the risk of damage from folding even if logos are folded down to make the bib more compact)
  4. officials/spectators/other athletes standing in front of the finish-line antennae (only a couple of cases of this scenario typically occur during any race and only either primary or backup antennae tend to be covered at any one time)
  5. timing chip failure (less likely as two chips are present on the race number/bib - unless both chips happen to be damaged by folding mentioned above)

As you can see, timing a field as large as presents in the "Streets of Galway", is quite a complex and technical matter and participants can often increase the risk of failing to record a chip time by how they use their number.

How can I get my race time and finishing position?

Provisional results will be posted on the website of host club Galway City Harriers within 24 hours of the race finishing. Further, if you register your entry with a valid mobile phone number, you can expect SMS confirmation of your finishing time some time afterwards.

When are the race prizes presented?

Individual race prizes are presented at race headquarters within one hour of the race finishing (approximately 8:30pm on race night). Team prizes may take longer to finalise and so may be presented after race day if the need arises.

Any further questions? Contact us.

Please send an email to streetsofgalway8k@gmail.com. We will endeavour to reply within 24 hours.