The annual Dublin Marathon is a 42.2-kilometre marathon held in Dublin, on the last Sunday in October. The event was founded by a group headed by Noel Carroll, who convinced the Business Houses Athletic Association to bring the idea to life. Held each year since 1980, around 19,500 people entered the race with over 5,000 entrants from outside Ireland.
The race starts at Fitzwilliam Square and concludes at Merrion Square. Although exact routing varies, the course usually proceeds in an anti-clockwise direction around the town and is moderately flat. Before it moves towards the southside suburbs, the route also cuts across the Phoenix Park.
The Dublin marathon is comprised of a series of 4 other races: Dublin Half Marathon, Fingal 10k, The Frank Duffy 10 mile, and The Irish Runner 5 mile.
The main prize for a winner is the Noel Carroll Memorial Trophy along with €15,000 cash prize. The Prizes are also given for first team finishers, first masters finisher, and first Irish finisher. A €5,000 prize is given to any participant who breaks a marathon record.