Race : Cheetah Run, Fota Wildlife Park

The 2019 Cheetah Run at Fota Wildlife Park  will take place on Thursday 16th May. There will be a 1 mile race for 11-15 year olds at 7.15pm before the 5k sets off at 8pm. Further details below.

Cheetah Run 2019

5k Course…Following the success of last few years, the same 5k route will be used again. This will take in all areas of the Wildlife Park including the new Asian Sanctuary.

The entry fee includes free access to the park for two adults and two children on the night. Access will be controlled on the night and will be open from 6:30pm.

Juvenile 1 Mile Race…..There is also a 1 mile race for juveniles this year (Ages 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15). This will take place before the 5k race at 7:15pm. The numbers will be limited to 100. Entries for this will open also on the 18th of April. The one mile race has been measured accurately by Jones Counter, will be chip timed and all finishers will receive a medal. Please note that there are no prizes in the juvenile race. The entry fee is €8 plus an online processing fee.

As always, entrants can bring family members to either race. This includes free access to the wildlife park for the runner and family members. This normally costs €15.50 per adult, or €46 for a family of two adults and two children.

Please note…..No buggies/baby strollers/dogs/balls/balloons…no headphones….no transfers.

Please note also that there will be no entries for the race taken on the day. Pre- entry only.

The minimum age is 16 for the 5k race as per Athletics Ireland permit recommendations.

5k Race…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.

The medals are only for the One-mile race.


Please note that John Buckley Sports are offering a 20% discount if you bring your race number into their store for the 2 weeks after the race.



fota_logoFota Wildlife Park has been listed as one of Ireland’s Top Ten visitor attractions (CSO 2010) and is the most popular tourist destination in Cork. Hundreds of thousands visit the park every year. Fota is a non-profit organisation and is also a registered charity. It is completely self-financing, relying entirely on gate receipts and membership fees for its income, and any financial surpluses generated are reinvested in order improve infrastructure and promote the company’s core objectives of conservation, education and research. Their website is http://www.fotawildlife.ie/

laya_logo-AIGEagle AC are delighted to have the continued sponsorship of Laya Healthcare for the Cheetah Run. Laya Healthcare is one the of leading health insurance companies in the country and provides coverage for nearly half a million people.

Their website is http://www.layahealthcare.ie/

jbs-logo2The club would also like to acknowledge the continuing sponsorship of John Buckley Sports for this years race. John Buckley has been a great supporter of road races and athletics in the Cork region over the years and is one of the main shops in Cork for running  gear.

Their website can be found at http://johnbuckleysports.com/

brooks_logoThe club would like to welcome Brooks Running on board as a sponsor. Brooks Running are one of the major brands for running gear worldwide and have a wide selection of running shoes and apparel for men and women.

Their website for the UK and Ireland is http://brooksrunning.co.uk/


Race details…

5km course…


One mile course for juveniles…


In May of each year, Eagle Athletic Club organise the Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park in Cork. Since its inception, it has been one of the most popular races in the Cork area and sells out every year. Covering a distance of 5kms, this is the only race of its kind in Europe with runners running on roads through a wildlife park.

This race video gives a flavour of what the race in the wildlife park is like…

Previous results :

The results of the 2018 Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park can be seen HERE

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Contact : For inquiries about the Cheetah Run, please use this form below…



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