Distance and elevation is first measured in a mapping software and then confirmed on the ground by a Stryd foot-pod - currently the gold standard in measuring trail races and significantly more accurate than GPS.
In general most GPS watches will come close to the official measurements but it depends on your GPS software, the satelitte coverage in your area, the recording mode you have selected on your watch or phone, and how well you run the 'optimal line' on the trail. Our official course measurers put great care to run the optimal lines while measuring the routes with the foot-pod.
The foot-pod contains an accelerometer which measures exactly how far the pod moves across space in three dimensions (forwards/backwards, side to side, and up and down) providing nearly 100% accurate readings even where there is poor satellite coverage. So should you find that your GPS recording is slightly different than official course distance and elevation it is likely a combination of GPS inaccuracy and not having run the optimal line on the trails (such as when you run the outside of bends instead of taking the straight line from the middle of each curve in the bend - not always an option when you are racing or tired).
It is possible to change to a shorter race distance up until 31st of August as long as the shorter race is not sold out. Please note you will not be refunded the difference in price if you avail of this option.
To change to a longer race, you need to cancel your existing order (this is only possible if you purchased cancellation insurance or within 14 days of purchase) and place a new order for the longer race.
The courses are marked with a mixture a flags, tape, and biodegradable spray paint. As a general rule the course marks every junction or other area where you could be in doubt where to go. Navigational skills are not necessary - only your awareness.
The provisional measurements suggests the following climb (below). Final measurements will be very similar.
- 17 km: 680m
- 27 km: 1105m
- 44 km: 1685m
- 80 km: 2650m
As the start and finish are in the same location, you will experience the same amount of descent in addition to this climb.
Unfortunately transfer to future years is not possible. We recommend purchasing cancellation insurance if you believe there is a risk you cannot make the race start.
Please refer to the ‘Welcome to Wicklow’ page for details.
- Regular pricing (21st April to 20th August): 80 km Trail: €80 ; 45 km Trail: €60 ; 28 km Trail: €40 ; 17 km Trail: €30 ;
- Early bird (until 21st April): 80 km Trail: €70 ; 45 km Trail: €50 ; 28 km Trail: €35 ; 17 km Trail: €25.
- Late entry fees (21st August to 20th September): 80 km Trail: €90 ; 45 km Trail: €70 ; 28 km Trail: €45 ; 17 km Trail: €35 ;
You can check your registration application at any time with the registration number indicated in the confirmation e-mail you received.
You can transfer your bib to another competitor up until 1st of September. You can do this name change yourself at your personal registration link is included in your entry confirmation e-mail
On-site registration is not allowed for trail running events. Ensure you register before online registration closes on 20th September.
Once registration has closed, it is no longer possible to get a bib. Maximum capacity has been reached. There is no waiting list, even in case of cancellation.
Refunds in case of cancellation are available under certain conditions:
1. Take out a cancellation insurance upon registration.
2. Without cancellation insurance if submitted before 1st of September AND within 14 days of registration submission
Yes, as long as you can provide the following:
1. Their bib number
2. Their proof of identity (copy or original)
No. All bibs must be collected in person either the day before the race or on race morning.
Yes. Each runner can leave their personal belongings in their own bag at the race departure area. The bag must hold the sticker provided on the race bib.
Yes, professional photographers will cover the event and photos will be posted online after the event.
Your race bib with timing chip, finisher’s medal, t-shirt, and refreshments and food at the aid stations and the finish line. For 84 km competitors the after-race meal is also included in the price.
Time limits can be listed on each respective race page.
The EcoTrail® Wicklow requires runner to be semi-autonomous. Assistance is only allowed at refreshment posts.
All practical information about access to the various refreshment posts is provided in the companion roadbook (available for download on the event page of the race).
Your finisher certificate will be available on the results page of our website a few days after the race.