Victory for Hiko Tonosa in Portlaoise!

The Streets of Portlaoise 2018 saw a record number of 700 runners take part in the annual 5k road race on a cold but dry morning. Elite runners came from all over the country including Olympians Mick Clohisey and Kerry O’Flaherty. This year saw the introduction of a new course and team prizes.
First to cross the line was Hiko Tonosa in a time of 14:40 from DSD AC, followed closely by Eric Keogh from Donore Harriers. Mick Clohisey was hot on their tails to finish in 3th place, with Sean Heir Rathfarnham in 4th and William Maunsel, Clonmel A.C in 5th.
The women’s field was equally as competitive with Kerry O’Flaherty winning in a fantastic time of 16:10. Shona Heaslip form An Riocht was 2nd, with Claire McCarthy following in 3rd. Linda Byrne from DSD A.C. followed in 4th with our own Mary Mulhare finishing in 5th place.
Today also saw over 350 children line up to take part in the 3 children’s fun run’s with each child receiving a medal and Easter egg.
Portlaoise Athletic Club would like to thank everyone who supported the 5k race including all our sponsors and marshals. A special word of thanks to all the Gardaí for all their help in ensuring that the Streets of Portlaoise 5k ran smoothly and safely. Hope to see you all again in 2019!

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Thank You

The Streets of Portlaoise 5k 2018 race committee would like to thank everybody who helped with our 5k, our sponsors, our club members, marshals, runners and people who came to support. Here is a video to say “Thank You” and see you all next year!!


Pop Up Races are providing the chip timing for this years race and are also facilitating online registration. Race entry is €15 + fees and participants can register online or on the day from 8.30am in the Midlands Park Hotel Portlaoise. Under 16’s require Parent/Guardians consent to participate and must register on the day – price €10.

Race Number

Race 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 - Price €10

Race Day Info

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 line. Changing facilities, refreshments and prize giving in the Midland’s Park Hotel after the race.

Kids Fun Run

There will  be 3 kids fun runs U7, U10 & U12 taking place before the main race with all children receiving a medal and an Easter egg. The cost for this is €3 per child and registration takes place from 9:00am in the Midlands Park Hotel. Each child will receive their Easter egg at registration and will be presented with their medal at the finish line where they can be collected by their parents. The fun runs will start near the Midlands Park Hotel and finish at the bottom of Main Street at the main finish gantry. Under 7's will start at 10am, Under 10's will start at 10:10am and Under 12's will start at 10:20am.

Kia Race Series 2018

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This year's Streets of Portlaoise is the opening race of the Kia Race Series. The Seres is encouraging Ireland’s best male and female distance athletes to compete against each other, with a new Kia Stonic up for grabs for both the overall male and female winner of the series. To be eligible to win the series, runners must take part in five of the eight races including the finale. The overall series winner (Male & Female) will drive away in a brand new Kia Stonic. There will also be €8,000 available in course record bonuses over the course of the series. More details available at http://kiaraceseries.com

The Perfect Way To Start Your St. Patrick's Day

Course Map

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 also pleased to announce that this year the course will be closed to all traffic for the duration of the event. 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. Course is AAI measured and permitted.

Race Top

Race tops are also available to buy when registering online and if available, will be on sale on the morning of the race. Price €10

Finishers Medal

Finishers Medal

Prize Information

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.

Top 5 Male & Female

First 5 Male and Female across the line

1st      €200.00

2nd     €150.00

3rd     €130.00

4th     €115.00

5th     €100.00

Master Male & Female Categories
Junior Male & Female
Team Prizes - Male & Female
Course Record Prizes

Car Parking

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 committee would like to extend a big thank you to all our sponsors - all local businesses who continue to support the event each and every year and have helped to make it grow into one of the most popular and unique road races on the calendar.

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