You can partake in a race around Fota Wildlife Park next weekend

On your marks, get set, GO!

Probably one of the most unique races in Ireland, Cork running club Eagle Athletics Cheetah run returns to Fota Wildlife Park Thursday 18th May.

It offers a truly unique experience to run a 5K race (adults & those aged 16 and above) or a 1 mile race for those aged 11-15 years, within Fota wildlife park. Your supporters will be not only your family and friends but also all the animals within the park.

The Giraffes & Ostrich’s always take a particular interest in our runners as they gather for the race start! With the additional celebration of Fota Wildlife Park’s 40th Anniversary and the arrival of the new cheetah cubs – this promises to be one to remember.


The park is exclusive to those racing on the night and not only that, each runner can bring a maximum of four visitors along with them free of charge to watch the race, as part of the race entry.

Commenting on the return of the race, Ruairi Egan and Karen Bevan, Race directors, Eagle AC said:

“Following the sell-out return to Fota Wildlife Park in 2022, we are looking forward to welcoming everyone again to our exciting and unique race. We are grateful to the OPW and to Fota house for their continued support in allowing us to use their property. It is a pleasure to work with everyone at the Wildlife Park and we are delighted to again support their wonderful conservation and research projects.”

The 1 Mile Juvenile race is now sold out, and its down to the last of the 900 places for the 5KM race now. The minimum age is 16 for the 5k race as per Athletics Ireland permit recommendations. This will commence at 8pm. There will be prizes for the first 5 men and women as well as the usual age categories. The exact number of prizes for the age categories will be determined after the online entries close with the aim of making each age category competitive.

How to Enter:
Entry is via ‘Eventmaster’ and the link for ticket booking here. The entry fee for the 5k event will be €16 (+ processing fee), the athletics Ireland levy is also applicable to those runners who are not currently members of an AAI club. Places for the 5k places are limited to 900 runners. Access will be controlled on the night and gates open at 6:30pm.

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