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The Dublin Marathon is a marathon run every year in Dublin, Ireland, normally on the last Monday in October, which is a public holiday in Ireland. Held each year since 1980, in 2007 there were about 11,000 race participants, half of whom were from overseas.

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 to take up the idea. In the first year, 2,100 took part, of whom 1,420 finished. Dick Hooper of Raheny club Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club claimed first place, in a time of 2:16:14. The women's winner was Carey May who finished in 2:42:11. In mens second place was Neil Cusack, who returned in 1981 to post a winning time of 2:13:59.

The event record, shattered in 1982 by Jerry Kiernan in 2:13:45, is currently held by Aleksey Sokolov, 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.

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