Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin
Starting in Fitzwilliam Street Upper, passing through Phoenix Park and finishing in Merrion Square close to the historic Trinity College, the Dublin Marathon features a fast and flat course in the city's heart.
Few marathon courses can boast a route that takes in so many of a city’s landmarks, with a highly accessible start and finish line location. The Irish climate is perfect for distance running, with average temperatures for October between 12 and 14°C.
The race starts at 09:00 meaning you could be in one of the many warm and welcoming pubs with a pint of Guinness in hand by mid-afternoon. And if finishing the marathon isn’t cause enough to celebrate, it’s both Halloween and an Irish bank holiday weekend!
In recent years, the event has exploded in popularity, forcing organisers to introduce an entry ballot. Already Europe’s 4th largest marathon, Dublin is firmly established as a bucket-list event for distance runners worldwide.