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Dublin: 7 °C Thursday 12 December, 2019

The Dublin Marathon is taking place on Sunday (not Monday) and here's what you need to know

A race was moved to Sunday in a bid to attract more international runners.

Dublin City Marathon 2015
Dublin City Marathon 2015
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THIS YEAR’S DUBLIN City Marathon has been moved to Sunday 30 October, instead of the usual Bank Holiday Monday, for the first time in the history of the race.

Anyone traveling around Dublin this weekend is advised to be aware of the traffic diversions that will be in place for the marathon.

There is a detailed traffic management plan surrounding the course. Here’s a list of the roads that will be closed and how long they will be closed for:

Dublin Marathon Source: Click here for a larger image

A decision was made to move the race to Sunday in a bid to attract more international runners.

When the announcement was made, SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon Race Director, Jim Aughney, explained:

By moving the race to Sunday, we are hoping to encourage runners to spend the full weekend in Dublin which will allow them to enjoy other activities and sights that the city has to offer before they return home after the race.

A record 15,216 participants took part in last year’s event, while 19,500 participants have entered this year’s race – making it the fourth largest marathon in Europe.

It will start at 8.55am with the wheelchair participants, followed by four waves of participants, with the last wave crossing the start line at 9.30am. The race will finish by 4.30pm.

The route is 40.5 km long, starting and finishing in the Merrion Square/Fitzwilliam Street area.


Gardaí are advising anyone travelling into the city centre to use public transport where possible.

Read: The runner hoping to break a world record by soloing this weekend’s Dublin Marathon>

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