Dublin Marathon 2024
2023 Irish Life Dublin Marathon
The Dublin Marathon has come a long way since its birth in 1980. Dublin may not be the biggest Marathon but it has gained a reputation as one of the best organised city marathons. The crowd support in Dublin is amazing. There are very few stretches without spectators.
The start of the race is on Fitzwilliam Street Upper and the finish is at Merrion Square North. Both are easily accessible from Dublin city centre hotels. Race pack collection takes place in the main hall of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS). The course is mostly flat with a long stretch through Phoenix Park. There are not many hills but there is one long uphill section at mile 21 which will test your legs.
Price From $1,060 per runner.
Travel Package Information
Friday 27th October, 2023
Make your way to Dublin and on arrival check in to your chosen hotel. Usually, hotel rooms are ready after 3pm; if you arrive earlier please be prepared to leave your luggage with the hotel concierge and head off to the Marathon Expo to collect your race documents. The MARATHON EXPO takes place in the main hall of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) and has plenty to see. We recommend you allow plenty of time to collect your race documents, shop from the many exhibitors, listen to the experts on stage and enjoy the pre-race day vibe. Details of how to get to the expo from your chosen hotel will be detailed in your itinerary. The rest of the day you can relax and prepare for race. If you have any questions please meet with one of the Marathon Tours & Travel team in the hotel lobby. Today’s MARATHON EXPO times: 12.00 to 19.00
Saturday 28th October, 2023
Expo & Registration
Those on the two night packages will arrive today. Anyone who did not have the chance to visit the expo Friday, will have today to collect race packs and any extras that you have ordered.
Today’s MARATHON EXPO times: 09.00 to 19.00. The latest race kit collection time is 6pm on Saturday. After attending the expo, put your feet up and relax ahead of the event tomorrow.
Sunday 29th October, 2023
This is the day you have trained so hard for! After an early breakfast please get ready to leave the hotel. The start location at Fitzwilliam Street Upper, approximately 30 minutes’ walk from the hotel or a 15-minute Uber ride.
Family and friends will have lots of opportunities to spectate along the race route. The Marathon Tours & Travel team will be happy to advise. After the race make your way back to the hotel, freshen up, celebrate…you deserve it!
The Merry Ploughboy – Optional Extra
The Merry Ploughboy dinner & show offers a traditional Irish dinner time experience. You will be collected by coach from your hotel late afternoon, and you will take your seat in front of the stage for the evening. Enjoy a drink and the 3-course traditional Irish meal whilst enjoying the Irish dancing, fiddle playing and Irish songs. This full night of entertainment is ideal to be enjoyed after the Marathon as the show finishes at 10.00pm. This activity is not included in the accommodation package. If you wish to join the celebration you will need to add this on to your booking at check out.
Packages & Rates
Our Dublin Marathon Package Includes:
- 3-nights at The Aloft Dublin City (Room Only)
- Hotel taxes
- Support and guidance from Marathon Tours & Travel team in Dublin
- Detailed travel itinerary
From Cost based on Twin Share
Runner – $1,060 AUD
Non-Runner – $819 AUD
Aloft Dublin City
The Aloft Dublin City is perfectly located in the popular The Liberties area of Dublin on the south side of the Liffy and just a short 15min walk from the start/finish area of the Dublin marathon at Merrion Square. The Liberties area is one of the oldest and most historic areas in Dublin and is close to some of the cities top tourist attractions including the Guinness Storehouse, 3 Arena, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Temple Bar.
This Modern Hotel boasts 202 guestrooms all equipped with plush platform beds, fast & free WIFI, 49″ LCD TVs, custom Aloft bath amenities and walk in showers with rainfall showerheads.
The hotel boasts a creative international fare at the highly rated Tenters Gastro Pub and for the more athletic in the party you can enjoy full access to the hotels on site gym.
1 Mill Street, The Liberties, Dublin, D08 XK58
Run the Dublin Marathon with Marathon Tours & Travel
The Dublin Marathon was first run in 1980 and has since developed into a firm favourite on the European city Marathon calendar. The Dublin Marathon is a firm favourite amongst international runners as it leads all other marathons in Europe with the number of foreign competitors taking part.
The Marathon course is a single lap, starting and finishing close to the city centre. Conditions for marathon running are ideal with the weather conditions in Dublin being mild this time of year. With the race start and finish being in the centre of Dublin, this is an easy event logistically. The course is mostly flat with a long stretch through Phoenix Park.
The Dublin Marathon starts at Georgian Fitzwilliam Square to the East of St. Stephens Green and finishes in Merrion Square. Runners will go through Dublin’s historic streets dating back to the Georgian period. Landmarks passed are Trinity College, Herbert Park, St. Stephens Green and Phoenix Park.
This great city centre Marathon is a great opportunity to add on a longer visit to Ireland. Our packages are available to all. We cannot sell race entries to residents of the island of Ireland.
Start Time: 8:45 AM
Eligibility: Marathon entrants must be over 18 years of age on race day.
Time Limit: The course is open for seven (7) hours
Number Pickup: The Sports Expo will be open Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. The venue is the Main Hall at the Royal Dublin Society (called RDS) located on Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Marathon Tours & Travel will organize a time for the group to go to the Expo to get their number and goody bag. All runners are responsible for getting their own bib.
Aid Stations: Tipperary Spring Water is provided in 250ml bottles at the following points: 3, 5, 7, 9.5, 11.5, 13, 16, 19, 21 and 24 miles and in the goody bag at the finish. Lucozade Sports Drink will be provided at 9.5, 12, 19 & 22 miles and also in the goody bag at the finish. High 5 Gels will be available at 16 and 21 miles.
Toilets: These will be available at the start in each wave zone, in the finish area, and on the course at miles 3, 5, 7, 9.5, 11.5, 13, 16, 19, 21 and 24.
First Aid: St John Ambulance provide First Aid facilities at the finish area and at 3, 5, 9.5, 11, 13, 16, 18.5, 20.5, 22.5 and 24 miles.
Pacers: There will be Pacers for the following times: 3.00, 3.10, 3.20, 3.30, 3.40, 3.50, 4.00, 4.10, 4.20, 4.30, 4.40, 4.50 and 5.00.
Awards: Everyone who finishes the Dublin Marathon course will receive a beautiful engraved marathon medal, plus a special commemorative marathon t-shirt and goody bag.
Weather: Average temperatures are between 12 and 14 degrees Celsius (35 to 57 degrees Fahrenheit), with usually a light, south-westerly breeze of the Gulf Stream. Ideal conditions for marathon running!
Difficulty: Fairly flat with a few rolling hills.
Registration & Booking
When you buy your entry with us, you will be sent a link to complete your entry with all your personal details.
Your Race Kit
You get your race kit ONLY at the MARATHON EXPO and ONLY during opening hours.
Your race kit consists of:
- Your bib number and safety pins
- A goodie-bag with presents from the event sponsors
- A voucher on your bib number for your pre-ordered services and merchandise