Monday October 25th sees the 31st running of the Dublin Marathon. Sponsored by Lifestyle Sports and adidas and organised by the Business Houses Athletic Association, this year’s event will see over 13,000 runners, joggers and walkers take to the streets and roads of the capital in the attempt to complete the legendary 26.2 mile distance.
The record entry for this year’s race follows on the back of other record entries this summer in the Dublin Half Marathon, the Frank Duffy 10 and the Irish Runner 5-Mile. Those events attracted numbers of 8,000, 7,000 and 6,000 respectively and served as essential building blocks for many running the Dublin Marathon on Monday morning.
Race Director Jim Aughney, “My ambitions for the Marathon would be to surpass the entry numbers of the early 1980’s, to get Irish people back into event and to prove that Dublin can record fast times. I would hope we can get the entry level up to a steady 15,000 and see Irish runners in contention at the head of the field as they were in the early days of the event.”
One of the many attractions of the Dublin Marathon is also the opportunity to cheer on all the runners whose only ambition is get around and finish the distance successfully. Around the route there will be many Cheering Zones for spectators to give the runners all the vocal encouragement they might need.
At 61, Collette O’Hagan will be running her 200th marathon on Monday. Mary Nolan Hickey, the only Irish woman to have run all 30 Dublin Marathons, will be on the start line again hoping to finishing her 31st. There is also an Oireachtas team entered in the event and the ten-strong contingent will also be hoping to go the distance along with everyone else.
Many of the participants will be running for various causes and charities, both local and national, and will be endeavouring to raise as much money as possible to be put to good use by their chosen beneficiaries. Every year the Dublin Marathon raises about €10 million for charities.
The 2010 Dublin Marathon starts at 9am on Monday October 25th on Fitzwilliam Street Upper and finishes on Merrion Square North.