July 24, 2014

Countdown to Rock 'n' Roll Dublin

It's a little over a week away until we'll be heading across the pond for one of our most exciting races of the year - Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Mom and I have traded many emails and phone calls about the race and things we want to do and see in Ireland.  To say we're both excited is an understatement!  Given that we won't have the internet connectivity that we normally would on a traditional race weekend, we've been very focused on staying organized for race day.  So hopefully our prep will help you!

1. Race Expo: We love a good 'ol race expo and we're very curious to see if there are any differences between a state-side expo and one in Europe.  This expo is a two day event on both Saturday and Sunday, 2-3 August.  It's being held at the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) in the Serpentine Hall.  Your waivers are being sent out today so check for these in your email.  This plus a photo ID is required to pick up your packet at the expo.  One thing to note about the race expo, if you need to change corrals, plan to hit up the Corral Change table at the expo to talk about your options. 

2. Race Course:  This year, the half marathon course is different and features some new city attractions like Ha'penny Bridge and the Royal Hospital.  It also includes big name spots like Christ Church Cathedral, the Guinness Factory and Kilmainhman Goal (the old jail). The Fun Run winds through Phoenix Park which will certainly be scenic.  Interesting factoid - Phoenix Park has a perimeter wall which has existed since the mid-seventeenth century and to this day, is one of the only walled parks in Europe.

3. Entertainment:  The Frank and Walters will be playing the finish line festival and there will be bands at every mile on the half marathon race course to keep you moving and grooving!

4. The medals are awesome!! 
Photo from Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Facebook page

5. Pace groups: Like many major races, there are pace groups for the half marathon.  And they have a wide range of desired finish times.  If you have questions about the pacer approach, we recommend stopping by to chat with them at the expo to make sure if jives with your race plan.

6. Course support: All major races should have course support in terms of hydration and fuel and Rock 'n' Roll races don't disappoint.  The Rock 'n' Roll Dublin half marathon course is equipped with water and blue and orange PowerAde without caffeine.  I have yet to participate in a race with two kinds of electrolyte beverage, so this will be a first! For fuel, there are PowerBar gels provided in the following flavors: Mango Passion fruit with Guarana and Hydro Orange.

7. Still want to register? Registration is still open until this Sunday, July 27th.  If you're interested in a discount on the Fun Run, use code NOVAROCKS to get 5 Euros off until Sunday.

As Rock 'n' Bloggers, we have each been provided with a free race entry into the Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon.  We are encouraged to support the race through social media and our blog, but are not required to do so nor are we compensated for this post.  All opinions are our own.

Any tips for my first European race?


  1. That medal looks awesome! Can't wait to hear all about this. I'm curious about the race experience and the similarities/differences btwn races in the US!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

  2. The course rolls through many of the landmarks that Lacey and I visited while in Ireland! We are so excited for the 2 of you. Those medals are beautiful. You will qualify for the extra medals one you complete RnR VA Beach, right?

  3. SO excited for you guys! I'm sure this is going to be such an amazing experience!

  4. I can't wait to hear all about it and see the pictures!!

  5. I'm so excited for y'all!!!! I cannot wait to read all about it and see all your pictures! I know y'all will have a blast! And those medals...awesome!!!

  6. I want to do this race one year since it's my birthday weekend!

  7. This is going to be so awesome!!! Can't wait to hear all about it :) so excited for you both, what an ADVENTURE!!!!

  8. I cannot wait to hear about this race!! Hope you guys have a blast!! :D

  9. I'm so jealous! My hubby and I are registered for this race but had to cancel our trip!!! I will have to live vicariously through you. Have an amazing time!

  10. Sounds like an incredible time. I hope you have a blast.

  11. I am SO excited for y'all! Can't wait for pics :0)