The Dublin Marathon was first run in 1980 and has been an annual event since then. The first race attracted 2,100 entrants, a number which has increased steadily due in part to a relatively flat course, ideal weather conditions for running in Dublin in October and enthusiastic spectators on a bank holiday Monday. The 2010 race had over 13,000 participants, raising over €10m for charity.
In the first few years the race was won by Irish runners, in more recent years runners from Kenya and Russia have dominated. The 2010 race produced course records in both the men’s race (Moses Kangogo Kibet of Kenya in 2:08:58) and the women’s (Russia’s Tatyana Aryasova in 2:26:13). The 2011 Dublin Marathon, sponsored by National Lottery, takes place on Monday 31st October.
Start times are staggered according to your expected race time:
|3:30 - 4:15||9.55am|
The course starts at Fitzwilliam Street Upper in the city centre and heads north to the North Circular Road, crossing the river on O’Connell Bridge. Runners then head east into Phoenix Park and back over the river on Chapelizod Bridge around the 8-mile mark. The course continues clockwise around the south of the city, and back up into the city centre, finishing in Merrion Square North, a stone’s throw from the start of the course. The full course is detailed below: