Race History

The Rathfarnham 5k Run has being run around the streets of Ratharnham and Terenure on the last Sunday in September every year from 1998 to 2019 (21 years). It was cancelled in 2021 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic and was back again in 2022 and 2023. It is a very popular 5k and because it takes place on a very fast course, it is favoured by runners from all over the country in order to set a personal best time.

It starts on Springfield Avenue, Rathfarnham near the Tesco store in Rathfarnham Shopping Centre. It follows a downhill route along Dodder Park Road for 1.1km and then takes a left turn up Rathfarnham Road to Terenure Cross which is slightly uphill. The course continues along Rathfarnham Road to Terenure Village, and then takes a left turn at Terenure Cross and left again after Cripps shop onto Templeogue Road. The course is now heads uphill along Templeogue Road, past Bushy Park and Terenure College (Registration Centre). The course levels off after Bushy Park and then takes a left turn at the traffic lights with Templeville Road. You are then back onto Springfield Avenue, where you started and then you have a 1.3km downhill run to the finish near Rathfarnham Bridge. Please check out Map my Run for the course route.

Race Waiver (to be read before running the 5k)

I understand that participating in this event is potentially hazardous, and that I should not enter and participate unless I am medically able and properly trained. In consideration of the acceptance of this entry, I assume full and complete responsibility for any injury or accident which may occur while I am travelling to or from the event, during the event, or while I am on the premises of the event.

I also am aware of and assume all risks associated with participating in this event, including but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, effect of weather, traffic, and conditions of the road/water. I, for myself and my heirs and executors, hereby waive, release and forever discharge the event organizers, sponsors, promoters and each of their agents, representatives, successors and assigns, and all other persons associated with the event, for all my liabilities, claims, actions, or damages that I may have against them arising out of or in any way connected with my participation in this event.

I understand that this waiver includes any claims, whether caused by negligence, the action or inaction of any of the above parties, or otherwise. I hereby grant full permission to any and all of the above parties to use any photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, website images, recordings or any other record of this event.

I confirm that I DO NOT have any injury, disease or medical conditions that would prevent me from taking part in the event or endanger myself or any other participant. I understand the nature of the event and I fully accept that I take part totally at my own risk