17.03.2020

11am

Streets of Portlaoise 2020

The Streets of Portlaoise 5k Road Race takes place on Tuesday 17th March 2020 at 11.00am.  This year’s event is the opening race of the KIA race series.

**NOTE ENTRY IS LIMITED TO 1,000 PARTICIPANTS**

A fast flat course (AAI Measured & Permitted) with a great atmosphere attracting elite runners, walkers and joggers.

Registration

Pop Up Races are providing the chip timing for this years race and are also facilitating online registration. Race entry is €15 + fees and participants can register online or on the day from 8.30am in the Midlands Park Hotel Portlaoise (if not sold out before this). Places are limited so we advise online registration. Under 16’s require Parent/Guardians consent to participate and must register on the day – price €10.

Race Number

Race numbers can be collected on race day in the Midlands Park Hotel or participants can opt to have their number posted to their home address when registering online. Race tops are also available to buy when registering online and if available, will be on sale of the morning of the race - Price €10

Race Day Info

The race will start promptly at 11am. The start of the race will be divided into time zones based on your running ability and predicted finishing time, please adhere to these time zones. If you are a jogger, walker or taking part with children please do not line up at the front of the race. Walkers and participants with buggies must start to the rear.

Please be mindful of other participants and please adhere to the instructions of stewards along the course. Headphones are not permitted during the race. Once you have crossed the finish line, please proceed forward to collect your race medal. Water will also be available at the finish line. Changing facilities, refreshments and prize giving in the Midland’s Park Hotel after the race.

Kids Fun Run

There will  be 3 kids fun runs U7, U10 & U12 taking place before the main race with all children receiving a medal and an Easter egg. The cost for this is €3 per child and registration takes place from 9:00am in the Midlands Park Hotel. Each child will receive their Easter egg at registration and will be presented with their medal at the finish line where they can be collected by their parents. The fun runs will start near the Midlands Park Hotel and finish at the bottom of Main Street at the main finish gantry. Under 7's will start at 10am, Under 10's will start at 10:10am and Under 12's will start at 10:20am.

Kia Race Series v2020

This year's Streets of Portlaoise will once again be the opening race of the Kia Race Series. The Series now in its third year includes seven races nationwide. Speaking at the recent 2020 launch Fionnuala McCormack said: “The Kia race series has driven the standard forward of distance running in Ireland by offering an incentive for elite and top-level national athletes to race against each other. I am looking forward to lining up in the series in 2020.”

There is a guaranteed prize pot of €10,000 on offer. Athletes must compete in four out of seven races, with the lowest combined point’s scores over those four races winning the series, as per previous years. There is a €1,500 cash prize for the overall male and female series winner. There will be €500 course record bonuses on offer for both the male & female course records at every event. (7 x €1,000 in bonuses).

If the course record is not broken at a race, that bonus money rolls over into the overall prize pot. For example, if the Male course record is not broken in Portlaoise, the €500 on offer is added to the €1500 overall cash prize, meaning €2,000 cash is then on offer for the overall series winner (and so on). More details on this years Kia Race Series can be found here

The Perfect Way To Start Your St. Patrick's Day

Course Map

In 2018 a new 5k race route was introduced to cater for the increase in the numbers of runners taking part each year and once again the course will be closed to all traffic for the duration of the event. The race starts close to the old Centrepoint Shopping Centre on the Mountrath road, runs down Main Street before heading out the ridge road, back up Mountmellick road, right up harpers lane and down the Mountrath road. The finish line is at the bottom of Main Street Portlaoise. Course is AAI measured and permitted.

Race Top

Race tops are also available to buy when registering online and if available, will be on sale on the morning of the race. Price €10

Finishers Medal

Finishers Medal

Prize Information

Nearly €3000 in cash prizes. Top prizes for first 5 senior male and female, the following race categories O/40, O/45, O/50, O55 and first Junior male/female (U/20). Course record cash prizes for both male and female senior runners - €500 each which is being sponsored by Kia Race Series. Finishers medal for all participants.

Current male course record set by John Travers in 2019 - 14:25

Current female course record set by Kerry O Flaherty in 2018 - 16:10

Top 5 Male & Female

First 5 Male and 5 Female across the line

1st      €200.00

2nd     €150.00

3rd     €130.00

4th     €115.00

5th     €100.00

Master Male & Female Categories
Junior Male & Female
Course Record Prizes

Car Parking

Parking is available in the multi storey carpark adjacent to the Midlands Park hotel where registration takes place.  Road closures and traffic restrictions will be in place from 10am.

Sponsors

The race committee would like to extend a big thank you to all our sponsors - all local businesses who continue to support the event each and every year and have helped to make it grow into one of the most popular and unique road races on the calendar.

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