Upcoming Events

The events listed on this page are mainly races taking place around Laois. County, provincial and All Ireland championship events will also be listed here. As it is impossible to list all races nationwide, please check out the following resources for a comprehensive list of any upcoming races.


Run Ireland - Listing Races Nationwide

My Run Results - Listing Races Nationwide

Go Run - Listing Races Nationwide

Leinster Athletics - Leinster Championship events

Athletics Ireland - Nationwide Championship events

Streets of Portlaoise 5K

Road Race
Date: Saturday, 17 March 2018 11:00 - 12:00

Venue: Mountrath Road, Portlaoise

The Streets of Portlaoise 5k Road Race takes place on Saturday 17th March 2018 at 11.00am.  This years event is also the opening race of the KIA race series.

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

This year sees the introduction of a new 5k race route to cater for the increase in the numbers of runners taking part each year and we are delighted to announce that this year the course will be closed to all traffic for the duration of the race. The race will now start close to the old Centrepoint Shopping Centre on the Mountrath road, run 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 will remain at the bottom of Main Street Portlaoise.

Registration is €15 + fees and participants can register online or on the day from 8.30am in the Heritage Hotel Portlaoise. Under 16’s require Parent/Guardians consent to participate and must register on the day – price €10. Places are limited so we advise online registration.

There will also be 3 kids fun runs U7, U9 & U12 taking part before the main race with all children receiving a medal and Easter egg. The cost for this is €3 per child and registration takes place from 9:00am in the Heritage Hotel. Information and timetables for these fun runs can be found on our website.

Over €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). Prizes for 1st and 2nd club teams (3 to score). Course record cash prizes for both male and female senior runners - €500 each which is being sponsored by Kia Race Series. (As this year's race incorporates a new route all course records are up for grabs!). Finishers medal for all participants.

First 5 Male and Female Senior Prizes


1st      €200.00

2nd     €150.00

3rd     €130.00

4th     €115.00

5th     €100.00


Master Male & Female Category Prizes

1st O/40          €50.00

1st O/45          €50.00

1st O/50          €50.00

1st O/55          €50.00


Junior Male & Female (Under 20) Prizes

1st Junior Male/Female        €30.00


Team Prizes - Mens & Womens (3 to Score)

1st  Male/Female Club Team             €75.00

2nd Male/Female Club Team             €60.00


Course Record Prizes

Male Senior Course Record                       €500.00 (Sponsored by Kia Race Series)

Female Senior Course Record                   €500.00 (Sponsored by Kia Race Series)


Important Race Day Information

Pop Up Races are providing the chip timing for the race this year and they are also facilitating online registrationRace 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.

Parking is available beside the start line in the old Centrepoint Shopping Centre on the Mountrath road and in the multi storey carpark adjacent to the Midlands Park hotel.  Road closures and traffic restrictions will be in place from 10am.

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

Changing facilities, refreshments and prize giving in the hotel after race.


Enter online at https://www.popupraces.ie/events/streets-of-portlaoise-5k-road-race-2017-2/

Full Details at www.sop.portlaoiseathleticclub.com

Kia Race Series v2 Low Res


Streets of Portlaoise 5k 2018 LowRes


Road Race Map 2018 Low Res


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