Come and enjoy the RNLI Reindeer Run in Marlay Park. This 300-acre suburban park is located about 9km from Dublin city centre. It offers an idyllic location for a self-timed run whether you’re an amateur runner or a pro.
Bring along the whole herd and enjoy some festive fun for all the family. Spaces are available in the 10K and 5K fun runs and there's a 1K Saunter, perfect for the little ones.
Due to ongoing building works that are taking place at Marlay House we have been asked to relocate the RNLI Reindeer Runs to the lower end of the at the College Road entrance for your ease and comfort once more this year. This is the same location as the run in 2015 .We will have signs in place but we ask that you firstly use the College Road car park and when this is full to use the Grange Road car park. Please note that we are expecting the College Road car park to fill up very quickly and it is a 1km walk from the Grange Road car park to the registration / starting point. This is not a chipped race but the course has been measured and will take in forest trails and park paths along the scenic route.
Please read our terms and conditions. You will need to agree to these as part of the sign-up process.
1K Santa Saunter starts at 11am Registration 10.30am
10K run starts at 11am Registration 10am-10.45am
5K run starts at 12.00 noon Registration 11am-11.45am
You will need to check in on the day. Please aim to arrive around an hour before your race starts and bring a copy of your confirmation email to the race as proof of ID. The registration point will be at the front of Marlay House (in gazebo or tent).
Pre-registration is essential. Although there will be registration on the day spaces
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Age restrictions/Parental Consent
There is no age limit to register. However, under 18’s must have parental consent and under 10’s must also be accompanied by an adult on the course(s). If you are under 18 we must have received written confirmation from your parent/guardian confirming that they agree to you taking part in the event in accordance with our Reindeer Run Terms & Conditions.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Marlay Park is located 9 kilometres (5.5 miles) from Dublin city centre.
Marlay Park is adjacent to the M50. Take M50 Exit 13 onto R133 (2km to Park entrance). Take a left at the GAA Club onto the R113 and continue bearing right along the perimeter of the park to the College Road entrance or take M50 Exit 12 on R822 (3.5km to Park entrance).
From the City Centre head south to Terenure. Change to the R114 and continue on to Rathfarnham. At Rathfarnham turn right onto Grange Road (R822). At the T junction turn left and the Grange Road entrance to Marlay Park. Proceed to the next set of traffic lights and take a right onto the R113 College Road. Continue on bearing right along the perimeter of the park. The entrance to the park is on the right hand side.
Parking at the venue is free but there is limited space so please allow plenty of time just in case you need to locate alternative parking.
To reduce congestion and help the environment please car share where possible.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Your race number will be given to you on the day of the race when you register. Please also remember your safety pins to attach your race number to the FRONT of your top.
T shirts & Antlers
All participants receive a FREE RNLI Reindeer Run T-shirt and Antlers. You can collect these on the morning of the event at the Marlay Park registration point. Please make sure you collect them in time to start the race.
Race day clothing
The most important clothing you can bring is layers. You need to keep warm before the event starts, have breathable fabric on during the race, and be able to stay snug afterwards when your core temperature drops. Bring a change of warm dry clothes for after the race.
If it looks like rain, make sure you also take a waterproof coat to wear before and after the race. Please wear appropriate footwear. As parts of the courses may be uneven, steep or slippery please take care when running.
Festive fancy dress is encouraged so why not get into the festive spirit and dress up to add to the fun of the event!
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
If you have any questions about the Marlay Park Reindeer Run please contact your local Reindeer Run Team at MarlayReindeer@rnli.org.uk.