A BIG "Thank You" to all participants & supporters for making 2016 one to remember.
You will already have registered through the Waterford Viking Marathon website but collection of your registration pack and T-Shirt will take place at WIT Arena which is located in WIT West Campus, Carriganore, see here on Thursday June 22nd 12pm to 6pm and Friday June 23rd from 12 to 9pm. While preferring you to collect your pack in person, we recognise that in some cases this may be impossible. You can nominate someone to collect your number for you. They will require your name and date of birth and the event you are taking part in.
Please take care of your running number. Do not tamper with your number in any way; note that duplicate numbers cannot be issued under any circumstances.
Each full, half-marathon, quarter participant will wear a chipped bib number;
The Marathon bibs have a RED stipe.
The Half Marathon has a BLUE stripe.
The Quarter numbers have a YELLOW stripe.
All participants must wear their bib on the front of their shirt.
We advise you write your name, next of kin contact information and details of any health problems or medication on the reverse of the race number.
The Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon will start at 9am sharp on the Mall in Waterford City. For Walkers start time see below No. 17.
We advise all participants to be there in plenty of time.
There will be corrals for each pace time section, identifiable by balloons either side of the starting area.
For safety and comfort, walkers in particular are advised to start towards the back of the race.
There are plenty of parking spaces available at the finish line event at WIT Arena in Carriganore.
A Shuttle Bus will be provided to transport runners from WIT Arena Car park to close to the start point at The Mall in the city. The last bus to guarantee your timely arrival at the start of the race for 9am, will leave the WIT at 8:15am. With so many runners across the full, half and quarter marathon races to be transported, do not leave it until the last minute!
Buses will also be provided from the finish at the WIT Arena back to Parnell Street after the run.
This year’s Team Challenge is open to a team of four colleagues who wish to take part in the WVM Corporate Challenge. This is open to any combination of genders and all four runners will run the quarter marathon together. The team with the fastest combined time will be deemed winners of the Corporate Cup and team prize.
There will be a bag drop facility in place on Parnell Street close to the Start Line on the Mall, Waterford City.
If you wish to avail of this facility please ensure you write your Race Number, plus letter in case of relay event, in permanent black ink in the box provided on the bag. A member of the bag drop team will be available at bib picks ups in WIT Arena to assist you with this before the event.
We accept any bag and the bag crew will tag your bag with your bib.
The Bag Drop staff will take your kit bag before the race and will transport it to the WIT Arenafinish line event.
When retrieving your bag please have your race bib number with you in order to collect. Only one bag can be collected by a participant except in the case of the Team Event.
We strongly recommend that you leave your valuables at home!
Waterford Viking Marathon is not responsible for lost or stolen property, including any and all property checked at the Bag Drop.
Waterford Viking Marathon accurately times runners/ teams by means of a chip on each bib provided by ‘My Run Results.com’.
When you cross the start line you will run past a time gantry which will register your time as you pass. There is another time gantry at half way and one again at the Finish. Official results will be based on your gun time that is the time from when the gun sounds to when you cross the finish line. Your chip time will also be recorded exactly, this being the elapsed time taken by each runner between the Start line and Finish Line. There will be no split times taken. Your chipped number will be issued to you at Registration. You must wear it to get an official finishing time. If you do not wear your chipped number, the system will not record you finishing and therefore will be unable to provide you with a finishing time.
Pacers will be provided for the following timing slots:
Marathon Pacers: 3.00, 3.15, 3.30, 3.45, 4.00, 4.15, 4.30
Half Marathon Pacers: 1:25, 1.30, 1.40, 1.50, 2.00, 2.10
Quarter Marathon Pacers: 50mins, 1:00, 1.10
All our pacers are very experienced and most have paced many marathons or half marathons in the past. We hope to have some of them available to answer any questions you may have at registration nights before the race. Keep an eye on facebook and the website for further details.
Watch out for the team on the day in their bright ‘PACER’ branded vests sporting their pacing balloons!
Please note: Official WVM Cyclists will follow our lead runners– however, unofficial cyclists following individual runners are not permitted on the course for safety reasons as well as fairness to other competitors.
The course time limit is 6.5 hours for the marathon and 4 hours for the half marathon. After that, the Gardaí may ask you to move onto the footpaths and to obey the rules of the road but the finish line will stay in place for the last athlete.
All competitors should note that while some of the course is closed to traffic, there will be traffic on many roads: see the traffic restrictions on our website. Though some roads are officially closed to traffic, please remember that essential traffic will be guided through the course by the Gardaí and that there is always the possibility of traffic straying onto the course inadvertently.
Note: We ask all runners to refrain from wearing headphones for safety reasons. Race vehicles and ambulances must use the course, and must be able to alert participants of their presence.
There are shower facilities available at the finish in the WIT Arena. If it is a warm day, please use the shower units to cool down.
There will be portable toilets at the start area near The Mall and at other locations along the route. There will also be toilet facilities available at the finish line in the WIT Arena.
Bottled water will be available at 12 water stations along the route and at the finish line (c. every 2 miles).
The Water is plastic 250ml sports cap bottles. Energizer will be available at 4 drinks station along the full and half route. High 5 IsoGel orange flavour will also be available.
Please discard your bottles and cups in the bins provided or to the side of the road – do not drop them on the road in front of you where they can be hazardous to runners behind you.
A Drinks Station requires an adequate stretch of straight road to be set out effectively, so not all stations are immediately adjacent to mile markers. Each station will be clearly signed. Do not rush for the first table; tables will be spaced out.
For a map and full description of the Route see the website www.waterfordvikingmarathon.com
Along route each mile will be clearly marked and the numbers will run from 1 to 26, from 1 to 13 and from 1 to 6 etc
There are a number of split zones along the route where full, half and quarter runners will be separated. We have plans in place which include signage, loud hailers and barriers to try to ensure runners will be guided along the relevant route. However, it is extremely important that you familiarise yourself with the route maps beforehand to be as prepared as possible and watch for these signs and listen to stewards as they guide you through the route splits.
Everyone who completes the full, half and quarter marathon will receive an official Waterford Viking Marathon Medal. The Goodie Bag will be distributed at registration pick up as well as the Tech T-Shirt.
If however, you elected to have your bib number posted out when you registered online then you will receive this by post about two weeks prior to the event. You will then be able to pick up your Goodie Bag and T-shirt after the race in the WIT Arena on the day….just make sure you have your bib number with you or you won’t be able to collect it!
While participants are welcome to take part and raise funds for any charity of their choice; the charity chosen as beneficiary of the Waterford Viking Marathon 2017 is Down Syndrome Ireland Waterford & Kilkenny Branch .
Full Marathon walkers are asked to start the event at 8am. My Run Results will be ready to take their start time. The reason for this is to ensure all services and facilities are available to you at the end of the event. Note the course limit is 6.5 hours which means that after 3:30PM the race will be officially finished and some areas of the route may even be closed for access.
Walkers should always move over to the side of road to allow runners to overtake. It is both frustrating and tiring for those who are still able to run to have to dodge around people who are walking. Please show consideration to your fellow competitors and walk at the side of the road. Please endeavour to walk in single file, not in groups, to give more room for faster runners to pass.
There will be a sweep up vehicle which will follow the tail enders around the course. If you have to drop out you should make your way to the nearest official steward and they will make contact with the relevant personnel depending on your requirements.
The finish line is in WIT Arena, Carriganore. As you cross the finish line try to keep moving. Foil blankets will be available and there will be a Physio Tent if you require a massage.
Water will be available to all runners and other refreshments will be available to purchase if required. A Medical Team will be on hand for anyone requiring medical assistance.
Spectators are welcome, however, if you have family and friends coming to support you please ensure they are aware of all the traffic and parking restrictions along the route.
Participants must follow instructions as given from all event officials including race staff, stewards, medical personnel, security officers and council officials throughout the duration of the event.
All participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner during their participation in the event. This means, for example, that urinating or defecating anywhere on or near the course shall be strictly prohibited except in toilet facilities. Anyone violating this rule of conduct shall be disqualified from the event and will be asked to leave the course.
Baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards, Nordic sticks, rollerblades, unauthorised bicycles or any other wheeled device will not be permitted on the course.
Participants are responsible for their recognition and understanding of event signage, symbols and colour relating to participant maps, facilities and direction.
Medical personnel authorised by the event to do so may examine any participant who appears in distress. If in the sole opinion of authorised medical personnel it is in the best interest of the participant's health and welfare, medical personnel may remove the participant from the event.
Participants must retire at once from the race if ordered to do so by a member of the event’s official staff, official medical staff, or any governmental authority, including fire and police officers.
Participants are responsible and assume liability for any and all medical expenses incurred as a result of training for and/or participation in the event, including but not limited to ambulance transport, hospital stays, physician and pharmaceutical goods and services.
Event officials reserve the right to delay, cancel, or suspend the race due to inclement weather in accordance with Emergency Protocol. No refund will be issued in these circumstances.
Any participant who refuses to obey the directions of the event official, city official or course marshal, or who conducts himself/herself in an unsportsmanlike manner, or who is offensive by action or language to officials, stewards, participants or spectators may be disqualified from the event and banned from future participation in the Waterford Viking Marathon, at the discretion of race officials.
Any participant who has been found by a course stewards, event official or surveillance equipment to have gained an unfair advantage by intentionally shortening the route of the race ("cutting the course") shall be immediately disqualified from the event and banned from future participation at the discretion of race officials.
Any person who participates in the event without a current official event bib number or timing device or a bib or chip not officially assigned to him/her is subject to removal and disqualification from future events.
No persons are authorised to be on the course unless they are registered participants. Therefore, no person shall be allowed to accompany a participant if he/she is not registered in the event, nor shall any participant be allowed, without the permission of the event management, to receive assistance or refreshment from anyone during the progress of the event. Any person not properly displaying an authorised and issued bib number shall be directed to leave the course.
A hands-on medical examination during the progress of an event by officially designated medical personnel shall not be considered assistance and will not result in disqualification if a participant is deemed medically fit. If a participant becomes ill during or after the Event and/or receive medical attention or treatment either from event medical staff, Ambulance Service or any doctor or hospital, they must authorise such persons to provide details (including details of medical treatment) to the Medical Director of the Waterford Viking Marathon or others authorised by him/her.
Event officials reserve the right, to modify, supplement or waive all or part of the event rules.
Participants shall be bound by any modification or supplement of the event rules published prior to the event.
Failure to follow these event rules, as may be amended, will result in immediate disqualification, loss of prizes and removal from official results.
The Waterford Viking Marathon follows, and participants are subject to, the rules specified by the Athletics Ireland and IAAF.
Entry fee will not be refunded under any circumstance. Entry will be deferred to 2018 if a valid medical cert is provided.