Frequently Asked Questions

Here we aim to answer all the most frequently asked questions about the Griffith Avenue Mile. If there's anything we haven't addressed here, please drop us a note via our contact page and we'll get back to you.

What is the Griffith Avenue Mile?

The Griffith Avenue Mile is a 1 mile road race on Dublins Griffith Avenue. It's primarily a run, but we cater for all ages and abilities so it's also possible to walk the route, and we also very much welcome wheelchair users. The event was first run as the Dublin Straight Mile in 1983. A committee of local residents in partnership with the All Hallows Area Association and Marino Athletics Club brought the event back as a community event in September 2019, and after a break during the covid-19 pandemic we ran the event again in 2022. The event is now in the planning stages for 2023 and it's our hope it will be come a regular fixture on the calendar every year. You can purchase your 2023 race tickets here. You can read more about the history of the event here.

What is the history of this race?

The race has a 40 year history dating back to 1983 when the first race was held. You can read all about it here.

What date and time is the race?

We are currently working on the date of the 2023 event. More soon! Exact timings for the fun run and the chip-timed race will be published & communicated in due course.

Are you hosting a post race event?

Oh yes! We're very lucky to have the support of Dublin City University, and they have given us access to their beautiful grounds at DCU All Hallows where we will be hosting a post race event with lots of surprises. More on this soon, but in the meantime - make sure you plan your day around this. We expect it to run from between 4 and 6pm on the day of the event and is not to be missed.

Will I receive a medal for taking part?

Absolutely! Just like in previous years, every race participant - no matter which race they take part in, will receive a commemorative medal to remember the day. If you'd like a sneak peek at our 2022 medal design, check out our blog post here.

Where can I buy my ticket?

You can now purchase your 2023 race ticket here.

I'd like to book tickets for a group. Can you help?

We love groups! In previous years we had GAA teams, running clubs and all sorts of groups taking part and we'd love to see the same again. We have a group booking process opening soon. If you have an interest in booking your group, drop us an email at with some details and we'll get back to you.

Can you post my race number to me?

Yes! Based on your feedback from last year, we are now providing postage of race numbers as an option. You can also collect your race number at Race HQ prior to the race - details to be announced closer to the date but expect a similar setup to previous years. Postage comes at an additional cost, which we've kept to a minimum. This service is optional, and you can choose it during the checkout process.

Can I purchase a t-shirt?

We love this idea and we've heard your feedback on it. This is something we're working on and we hope to share news about it soon. Keep an eye on our social media channels for news soon...

Is this race for professionals or just for fun?

Both! If you are a professional runner and are keen to set an official time across a 1 mile distance, if you just run for fun, or if you are a family group who'd just like to walk the course on what would normally be a busy road, we're welcome for you all to join! This is a community event and open to everyone of all ages and abilities, though there is a limit on how many people can participate in the races for insurance reasons.

What is the course?

The races will be run along a one mile course running from outside Dominican College to Ard Scoil Ris on Griffith Avenue. See image at the bottom of this page.

Will the Griffith Avenue Mile be accurately measured and Atheltics Ireland certified?

The course is accurately measured by Athletics Ireland’s official road measures and is Athletics Ireland certified. It is exactly 1 Mile starting close to the traffic lights at the Swords road end and finishing past Ard Scoil Ris at the Malahide Road end, just before the bend. Athletics Ireland have taken into account numbers participating and the road width and have made sure the minimum needed at the beginning and end was taken off the course to ensure an accurate mile. It is the same course that was run in 1983. One point to note is that the course is slightly down hill and as a result can not be used for record purposes.

What will it cost to participate?

An event like this is expensive to organise and run - even when it's not for profit. We therefore need to charge a fee for participants.  All participants will receive a commemorative medal.

What ages can race?

All ages! We have adult, child and family tickets available for sale. We're adjusting our classification for children this year reflecting that an adult is someone 18yrs or over on the day of the race. A child is classified as someone under 18 on the day of the race. 

Are there prizes?

Yes, there are cash and merchandise prizes for the chip timed race across a range of categories. All participants will receive a commemorative medal.

How can I register to take part?

You can now purchase your 2023 race ticket here.

I'd like to volunteer. How can I help?

Glad you asked! We need upwards of 100 volunteers on the day to manage a range of activities including marshalling, way-finding, participant support etc. We need your help. If you are willing to volunteer for a few hours on the afternoon of Sunday September 18th between 12 midday and 4pm, please email

Is there a limit to the number of participants?

For insurance reasons, we need to limit how many can participate in the run. So once the tickets are sold out, they are sold out. Register soon in order to avoid disappointment!

I'm not a runner. Even just for fun. Can I come along to support?

Of course - the more the merrier. Come support a friend or family member, or just come along and cheer for all our participants! And why not run or walk the route anyway? The event is open to runners of all standards.

Will there be road closures?

Yes. The race will require us to divert traffic away from Griffith Avenue along the course for a period of a few hours on the afternoon of the race. This will effectively close Griffith Avenue between the Swords Road and the Malahide Road during this time. We are working closely with An Garda Siochana and Dublin City Council on the required permits, and road traffic plan for this and will be communicating will all affected residents through a leaflet drop in due course. Emergency access will of course be maintained. We will also be working with local residents associations to ensure residents are aware of the plan. We appreciate the community's support for the short number of hours this event will take place.

Who is running this event and why?

This is a non-commercial, not-for-profit event organised by a group of volunteers from the All Hallows Area Residents Association, Marino Athletics Club and Athletics Ireland with the support of our sponsors with some core objectives as set out here.

Who are the sponsors of this event?

We are very lucky to have the support of some wonderful sponsors who you can see on our sponsors page here. They have offered us their enthusiastic support through financing the event, offering facilities to host the event, supplied us with equipment and materials, and helped us promote the event to their communities. It's safe to say it simply would not be possible to run the event without them, and for that we are very grateful.

I'd like to sponsor. Who can I contact?

Please get in touch so we can discuss more!

I have a media enquiry. Who can I speak to?

Please get in touch so we can discuss more!

The Route

The races will be run along a one mile course running from outside Dominican College to Ard Scoil Ris on Griffith Avenue.