Dublin Marathon is a marathon run every year in Dublin, Ireland, normally on the last Monday in October, which is a
holiday in Ireland.
Held each year since 1980, in 2007
there were about 11,000 race participants, half of whom were from
The course is generally reasonably flat. It starts at Fitzwilliam Square in the city
center and concludes at Merrion Square. Exact routing varies, although in recent
years the race has proceeded in an anti-clockwise direction around
the city, including passing through the Phoenix Park.
The race was founded in 1980 by a group led by Noel Carroll
, who persuaded the
Business Houses Athletic Association BHAA
take up the idea. In the first year, 2,100 took part, of whom 1,420
finished. Dick Hooper of
Raheny club Raheny Shamrocks Athletic
Club claimed first place, in a time of 2:16:14.
women's winner was Carey May
in 2:42:11. In mens second place was Neil
, who returned in 1981 to post a winning time of
The event record, shattered in 1982 by Jerry Kiernan
in 2:13:45, is currently held by
, a Russian national
who ran the race in 2007 in a time of 2:09:07, the fastest Dublin
Marathon since its inception. The women's record is by Ruth Kutol
(from Kenya), being 2:27:22.
By 1988 the number of participants had increased to 8,700; up from
the 4,000 the previous year. It was 2000 before the 1988
participation record was finally broken when 8,900 took part.
In 2001 the marathon became part of the Adidas Marathon Series
, which now also includes
warm-up races of 5 miles, 10 miles and half marathon distance over
the preceding months, all run in the Phoenix Park.
A competitor died while running in the 2006 marathon. It is thought
he died of heart failure. Approximately 11,000 took part in the
In 2008 a than record breaking 11,700 participated in the
In the 2009 race on Monday 26th Oct 2009 a new record was created
when 12,799 started the event with 10,446 finishers.
The overall winner receives the Noel Carroll Memorial
as well as €15,000 cash prize. Prizes are also given
for first Irish finisher, first masters finisher and first team
finishers. A €5,000 prize is also given to any competitor who
breaks the Dublin marathon record.
List of winners