Yesterday, on Sunday, Dublin Marathon took place and it sure exceeded everyone’s expectations regarding the number of athletes interested in becoming part of the event.
— Dublin Marathon (@dublinmarathon) October 30, 2017
SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon, Race Director, Jim Aughney, during an official interview, said: “We are delighted to have a record entry and to be the fifth biggest marathon in Europe.
“The marathon has grown 10-fold from just over 2,000 runners in 1980 to 20,000 in 2017,” said Mr Aughney.
— Aengus Cox (@AengusCox) October 29, 2017
The men’s race was won by Kenyan Bernard Rotich in 2 hours and 15 minutes, while the women’s race was won by Ukrainian, Nataliya Lehonkova who was able to finish the race in 2 hours and 28 minutes.
Mairead Tywang was the race Lord Mayor’s Medal recipient. Yesterday was the first time for her to run in a marathon since her daughter, Searlait, age five, passed away in 2016 after battling with cancer.
— Dublin Marathon (@dublinmarathon) October 29, 2017
The marathon route went north in the Phoenix Park, right before athletes skirted around UCD to the South. Finally, competitors went back into the city center, before finishing up at the Merrion Square.