Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Whether you are a new runner or a Calcutta Run veteran, you'll find answers to common questions here.


Yes, registration will take place from 9:15am and you should also hand in your sponsorship card and money at registration. Please display money raised on idonate on your phone or bring along a print out of your page. 

The run starts at 11am. Please arrive early to register and receive your timing chip.

Although we don’t have a registration fee, we do suggest €120. This is a charity run rather than simply a free fun run. To meet our target and help The Hope Foundation and Simon Community, we really need you to make the effort. Many people raise far more than €120.

It starts in the law society at Blackhall Place. Both routes share the same course until the phoenix park and both routes now take a left hand turn down spa road from the north road in the phoenix park. Both routes continue straight on spa road past the polo club until chesterfield avenue. At this point, the 5k runners take a left hand turn onto the outside footpath on chesterfield avenue and make their way back to Blackhall Place along the traditional route. When 10k runners reach chesterfield avenue they take a right hand turn onto the inner footpath and continue on this path up to Mountjoy cross where they turn onto the outside path and make their way back down chesterfield avenue and back to Blackhall Place. Look out for our stewards and signs at all points on the route. 

Of course. Many of the participants walk or jog and there are a few hundred serious runners.

Yes, there will be three water stations at approximately 3km, 6km and 8km marks as well as at the finish line. Please ensure that you bring your own water also. 

Yes, there is a marker at each kilometre. Please note that the course is slightly longer than 10k (10.3k) so if time is important to you take your time at the 10k marker (junction of Arbour Hill and Ardree Road) but continue running or walking to Blackhall Place. A 10k mat will also be placed at the 10k mark for your time to be recorded on pop up races website. 

There is no parking available at Blackhall Place. However, there is ample parking available in the Smithfield car park with an entrance on Queen Street and the adjacent area. The Smithfield parkrite car park is open from 7am on the morning of the run. The daily rate is €7.

  • North: drive down queen street, entrance 150 meters from where you enter queen street on left.
  • South: cross the James Joyce bridge (white bridge), drive past law society, take next turn right, then next turn right into queen street and entrance is 150 meters on the left.

  • Luas:take the red line to Smithfield market or Collins Barracks. Blackhall Place is a 5 minute walk from both stops.
  • Bus:you can take the 41 or 41a from the airport and swords direction. Both will bring you to Dorset Street. You can walk from there or travel to the quays and take the Luas to Smithfield or Collins Barracks. From Blanchardstown and Ongar Direction take the 39 or 39a. From Maynooth, take the 66 and take the 25 and 25a from Lucan.
  • Car park:a multi-storey car-park in Smithfield can be accessed from Queen Street.
  • Bike:for those on rented bikes, there are Dublin Bike stands available close by at Blackhall Place, Collins Barracks, Houston Bridge north, Parkgate Street, and Smithfield.
  • Train:Blackhall Place is 10 minutes walk from Heuston Station.

Yes, there is a supervised bag drop area but you should note that all bags are left at the owners risk.

There are no changing rooms but the bag drop rooms are suitable for changing. There are no showers.

Certainly, the more the merrier. There will be a small cost for non-runners. There will be plenty of kids prizes for the mini-athletics. Games and facepainting will also be at the finish line festival. 

The show must go on! Unfortunately, we have no facility to shelter 1,500 runners so bring your rain gear if the weather forecast suggests it is needed.