The 'Friendly Marathon'
Each year thousands of spectators line the streets and cheer on the marathoners. This gives the National Lottery Dublin Marathon a fantastic atmosphere and has also earned it the reputation of being the 'Friendly Marathon'.
What is the Dublin Marathon?
The Dublin Marathon began in 1980. The course takes you through the historic Georgian streets of Dublin, Ireland's capital city. Dublin is home to a quarter of the Irish population. Dublin is a vibrant, dynamic city where half of the population are under 25. Dublin is only an hour by air from most U.K. and European cities, and more than half of the expected entry of 10,000 will be made up of overseas runners, many of whom will be returning to sample Irish Hospitality once more.
The route itself is one lap, which starts and finishes in the city centre. The course is largely flat and the conditions perfect for marathon running. In October, when the race takes place, the average temperatures are around 12-14°C (53 - 57°F). The course means that race participants can expect to achieve a fast time.
After the race you will receive a medal, a T-shirt and a goody bag. After the race you can download an online certificate.
How do you get a place in the Dublin Marathon?
Runners can enter using the online entry system.
Run for charity in the Dublin Marathon
There are two ways that you can run for charity. If you have your own entry in the event you should contact the charity of your choice and let them know you would like to help them.
For those without their own entry, there is another option. All of the charities listed on the Dublin Marathon site have their own entries and in return for a pre-agreed amount of sponsorship they may offer you a place. However they are likely to receive far more enquiries than they have entries. To contact a charity go to the charity listings for more details.
Where can I find out more about the Dublin Marathon?
Visit the official Dublin Marathon website for more details.