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 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.
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.
A competitor died while running in the 2006 marathon. It is thought he died of heart failure. Approximately 11,000 took part in the 2007 event.
|2007||Alexei Sokolow -2-||2:09:07||Alina Iwanowa -2-||2:29:20|
|2006||Alexei Sokolow (RUS)||2:11:39||Alina Iwanowa (RUS)||2:29:49|
|2005||Dmytro Osadtschyj (UKR)||2:13:14||Sinaida Semjonowa (RUS)||2:32:53|
|2004||Lezan Kipkosgei Kimutai (KEN)||2:13:07||Jelena Burykina (RUS)||2:32:53|
|2003||Onesmus Musyoka Kilonzo (KEN)||2:17:03||Ruth Kutol (KEN)||2:27:22|
|2002||Frederick Cherono (KEN)||2:14:25||Lidija Wassilewskaja (RUS)||2:32:58|
|2001||Zacharia Mpolokeng (RSA)||2:14:03||Debbie Robinson (GBR)||2:35:40|
|2000||Simon Pride (GBR)||2:18:49||Sonia O’Sullivan (IRL)||2:35:42|
|1999||John Mutai (KEN)||2:15:18||Esther Kiplagat (KEN)||2:34:24|
|1998||Joshua Kipkemboi -2-||2:20:00||Teresa Duffy (IRL)||2:39:56|
|1997||Joshua Kipkemboi (KEN)||2:15:56||Carol Galea (MLT)||2:39:33|
|1996||Joseph Kahugu (KEN)||2:17:42||Cathy Shum -2-||2:38:56|
|1995||William Musyoki (KEN)||2:16:57||Trudi Thomson (GBR)||2:38:23|
|1994||Steve Brace (GBR)||2:17:13||Linda Rushmere (GBR)||2:40:17|
|1993||John Treacy (IRL)||2:14:40||Cathy Shum (IRL)||2:38:14|
|1992||Jerry Kiernan -2-||2:17:19||Karen Cornwall (GBR)||2:41:58|
|1991||Tommy Hughes (GBR)||2:14:46||Christine Kennedy -2-||2:35:56|
|1990||John Bolger (IRL)||2:17:17||Christine Kennedy (IRL)||2:41:27|
|1989||John Griffin -2-||2:16:44||Pauline Nolan (IRL)||2:44:32|
|1988||John Griffin (IRL)||2:16:02||Moira O'Neill (GBR)||2:37:06|
|1987||Pavel Klimeš (TCH)||2:14:21||Carolyn Naisby (GBR)||2:42:08|
|1986||Dick Hooper -3-||2:18:10||Maureen Hurst (GBR)||2:46:29|
|1985||Dick Hooper -2-||2:13:48||Julia Gates (GBR)||2:41:26|
|1984||Svend Erik Kristensen (DEN)||2:18:25||Ailish Smyth (IRL)||2:47:30|
|1983||Ronny Agten (BEL)||2:14:19||Mary Purcell (IRL)||2:46:09|
|1982||Jerry Kiernan (IRL)||2:13:45||Debbie Mueller (USA)||2:40:57|
|1981||Neil Cusack (IRL)||2:13:58||Emily Dowling (IRL)||2:48:22|
|1980||Dick Hooper (IRL)||2:16:14||Carey May (IRL)||2:42:11|