About the Simon Home Run

The Simon Home Run is a fun and challenging, five-mile race through our capital’s beautiful Phoenix Park, and will take place in March 2022.

This is more than just a run; each year members of the public, the business community, students, teachers, Simon staff, volunteers and clients, all take part in this fantastic event. They run, walk or jog through the park; coming together as a community to challenge themselves and show their support for those living through the nightmare of homelessness.

Our festival village returns this year, where runners and their families can relax after the race. With live music, food, refreshments, and a host of other entertainment suitable for all ages, there’s sure to be something for everyone at this year’s Simon Home Run.

To top that all off, every participant running the five-mile race will receive their own race number with embedded timing chip, and a goodie bag full of treats and offers from our supporting businesses!

We’re excited to have everyone back in the park for the first time since 2020, for a bigger and better Home Run this coming March!




Punctuality:

Punctuality is vital if the Home Run is to be a success. The Home Run is a professionally organised main road race and will start at 10:30am sharp.

Parking:

Parking will be located at:

  • The Papal cross car park – this will likely be full by 9:30am
  • Along the main road on both sides from Parkgate Street to the Phoenix Monument.
  • Limited parking from Mountjoy Cross to Castleknock Gate on both sides of the road.

Do not park on the route of the race or at the entrances/properties in the park, please adhere to all restrictions.

Directions:

  • By Car: Preferred entrance through Parkgate Street / Castleknock Gate
  • By Foot: Through the Chapelizod Gate.

Public Transport:

  • Bus Routes to the Phoenix Park: 25, 26, 46A, 66 / 66A / 66B, 67, 69
  • Luas: Red Line to Heuston Station, then 10 minute walk to Parkgate street entrance, and 15 minute walk to Phoenix Monument – warm up done! Please give yourself an adequate amount of time to get to the festival village.

Road Closures:

Road closures for this year TBC before the event.

The Distance: 5 Miles – 8.04672 km

The course is for any runners, joggers, walkers, people in wheelchairs, people with buggies, and everyone in between!

  • First Mile

The Home Run starts approximately a ½ mile from the Papal Cross down Acres Road and heads towards the Phoenix Monument. It takes a left turn at the Phoenix Monument and heads up the Main Road (Chesterfield Avenue) towards Mountjoy Cross. The first mile is very flat with a very slight incline. Your only real enemy here might be wind or rain.

  • Second Mile

The Home Run then progresses to Mountjoy Cross and takes a left onto Survey Road. Again, this part of the course is flat with no hills in sight!

  • Third Mile

The road naturally progresses along Corkscrew Road and heads towards Chapelizod Gate. This part of the course is flat at the start of Mile 2 to downhill on passing Mile 3. It is by far the fastest part of the course, but don’t be fooled, what goes down must eventually go up! Enjoy the downhill but reserve your strength for the last 2 miles.

  • Fourth Mile

Starts downhill from the entrance to the Cheshire Home and turns a sharp left (at the apex of the triangle at Chapelizod Gate) and proceeds uphill towards St Mary’s Hospital, here you will be approaching the water station. Your uphill climb begins and continues right onto Serpentine Road which is snake like and steadily uphill. On the last curve of the road bends the course suddenly straightens out and proceeds sharply downhill.

  • Fifth Mile

As stated earlier you are proceeding downhill at a rapid pace when you turn left onto the Kyber Road. Wheelchairs be careful as the bend is a sharp left and your speed will be at maximum here! Taking the left here leads you gently along the Kyber Pass which steadily proceeds uphill all the way up to the finish line at the triangle opposite the Papal Cross. This is a tough finish as the last ¾ mile is a steady uphill incline.

Q:  When is the race?

A:  March 12th, 2022

Q:  What time is the race?

A:  Race starts at 10.30am sharp

Q:  Where is the race?

A:  Papal Cross, Phoenix Park. The start line is on the Acres road just past the Papal cross, and registration is at the Papal Cross triangle. The course is a loop and the finish area is also located at the triangle.

Q:  What is the route?

A:  The race takes a five mile (8k) route through Phoenix Park, starting on Acres Road, turning left down Chesterfield Avenue, with the final mile up Khyber Road to the finish line. This route is exclusive to our race, no other race takes this route around the park.

Q: Where can I register?

A:  Registration is online through www.homerun.ie.

Q:  Who can participate in the Home Run?

A:  Home Run is for everyone! We welcome elite runners, joggers, walkers and now even buggy pushers to come and join us on the day!

Q: How much does registration cost?

A:  The cost of participation is €25 + processing fee (€2.50). This includes the race, timing chip, and a goodie bag. You can purchase a Simon running top for €10 at the time of registration.

Q:  How is my time measured?

A:  Our race is professionally chip timed. The chip is embedded in each runner’s race number, which will be posted to them before the race. Late registrants can collect their race number on the day. Each runner’s will receive their time via email shortly after the race.

Q:  Where is the disabled access?

A:  The site is accessible for people with a physical disability. If you think you might have have special requirements, please let us know by emailing stevenshort@dubsimon.ie

Q:  Is the race affiliated with Athletics Ireland?

A:  Our course has been measured by a representative of the Athletics Association of Ireland and a permit issued for the race. This means that AAI athletes are officially allowed to complete in the Simon Home Run.

Q:  Will water be provided during and after the race?

A:  There will be a water stop halfway around the course and drinking water available at the finish line for runners.

Q:  Will there be music?

A:  There will be musical entertainment from the U Band at the festival area at the finish line.

Q:  Will there be toilets?

A:  There will be toilet facilities onsite.

Q:  What if I need medical attention?

A:  We will have two St. John’s ambulances onsite who will track the race.

Q:  Can I register in person, on the day?

A:  Will be available at a cost of €30 per runner.

Q:  Will there be parking?

A:  There will be road closures in place to facilitate the race. Parking will be outside the park along the road at Coyningham Road and Chapelizod Road. There will be parking along both sides on Chesterfield Avenue as far as the Phoenix Monument. There is also limited parking in the Papal Cross carpark – this will fill very quickly and will likely be full before 9.30am.

Q:  Will there be road closures?

A:  Road closures and traffic diversions will be in place for the duration of the race. These are detailed on the signage on each gate of the park.

Q:  Can I volunteer at the Home Run?

A:  We welcome anyone who would like to volunteer as a race steward. Please contact Caoimhe at CaoimheNolan@dubsimon.ie

Q:  What I just want to watch the race?

A:  Family and friends are encouraged to come and support the runners. After they have cheered them on, they can avail of the entertainment in the festival village.

Q:  How can I sponsor a runner?

A:  As the Home Run is primarily a fundraising event, sponsorship is encouraged among all of the runners. Anyone who registered online will have an automatic iDonate page created for them which they can share with friends and family by email and social media. Sponsorship cards are available if required.

Q:  If I’m running, is there somewhere to store my baggage?

A:  There will be a baggage tent available on the day.

Do’s:

  • Have a light breakfast on the morning of the Home Run.
  • Arrive early and relax.
  • Stretch your calf muscles before the start (straight legs, try to the touch the floor).
  • Light, easy warm up before the start.
  • Get into the time zone that suits you (i.e. 25-40 minutes, 40-50 minutes, 50+ minutes).
  • Start slow and get into your natural running speed.
  • Walk if you get a stitch.
  • Bring a small bottle of water, sip slowly, do not gulp.
  • Have fun en route and enjoy the experience.
  • Remember the start of the Home Run is 700 metres from the tent village/registration area – allow 15 minutes before the 10.30am start time to walk to the start line.

Don’t’s:

  • Do not go to the front line unless you are a serious runner. You will be blown away at the start and 5 miles is a long way if you start too fast – relax!
  • Do not over do the warm up. Easy warm-up is best.
  • Do not over drink water before the run. It will lodge in your stomach; sip slowly!