2016 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon and Race Series launched

2FM’s Breakfast Republic host Keith Walsh, Olympic Marathon qualifiers Lizzie Lee and Mick Clohisey, and Paralympic qualifier and 2015 wheelchair race winner, Patrick Monahan, today launched the 2016 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon and Race Series.

Last year, a record number of 15,216 athletes, representing 62 countries lined up to take on the 26.2 mile challenge. The event organisers expect to see this number increase in 2016 with the change from the traditional Bank Holiday Monday to Sunday 30th October, to accommodate international participation and increased interest in the event.

In conjunction with the Marathon, SSE Airtricity has launched the Dublin Race Series; a four race circuit running throughout the summer, that will see participants gradually increasing their mileage towards the 26.2 mark. The series starts with the Irish Runner 5 mile and progresses up to half marathon distance in preparation for the main event on October 30th.

Speaking at today’s launch, Ronan Brady, Head of Marketing and Digital at SSE Airtricity, commented: "The SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon is an event we are really proud to be a part of. It is great to see participation and the interest in running increase year on year. The preceding Race Series is perfect for introducing new runners and we hope to energise and inspire each and every one of the runners to keep progressing through to the full marathon distance."

As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, the 2016 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will present all finishers with a special commemorative medal.

Jim Aughney, Race Director, said "We are delighted to see the momentum behind the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon taking off, establishing itself as one of the top international marathon events. With increased interest and record level participation in the Race Series, it’s evident that Dublin is an ideal city for running. The Marathon is the perfect platform to put Dublin on show to the thousands of runners taking part, both from home and abroad, and with the Ireland 2016 Centenary, this is a unique way to pay tribute to some of our most historic sites. We are thrilled to have the support of SSE Airtricity to ensure this is a memorable race experience for all of our runners."

For more information or to register for any of the events, visit sseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie and stay in touch on Facebook/dublinmarathon or Twitter @dublinmarathon.

SSE Airtricity Dublin Races Series events:

Individual races cost €20 each. Participants will receive a t-shirt and a gift at each finish line as they gradually increase their mileage in preparation for the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon on 30th October.

  • Irish Runner 5 Mile: Sunday 12th June
  • Fingal 10K: Sunday 24th July
  • Frank Duffy 10 Mile: Saturday 20th August
  • Dublin Half Marathon: Saturday 24th September

SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon: Sunday 30th October