Updated May 2014: This blog post from September 2013 is about the course for the 2013 Dublin Marathon. Read about the new course for the 2014 Dublin Marathon, which includes significant differences to the 2013 route.
Are you training for this year’s Dublin Marathon? Need some extra motivation and mental preparation?
The route for the 2013 Dublin Marathon is the same as for the 2012 race, for which the race organisers posted a video which you can watch at the end of this blog post. You can take a high-speed tour from the start on Fitzwilliam Street along the whole route and back to the finish at Merrion Square.
The Dublin Marathon route is enjoyable. When else will you have the privilege of running up O’Connell Street without getting arrested or upended? You also get to appreciate the autumnal glory of the Phoenix Park, early enough in the race for you to still be aware of things outside your own body and mind. The crowds along the route are always sizeable, especially at Dolphin’s Barn, Rathgar and the top of Roebuck Road, and offer runners plenty of sweets, encouragement and witticisms. (Last year’s most talked-about fan sign was on the North Circular Road: “Look alive: morgue ahead”.)
And that triumphant last mile, almost a complete lap around Trinity College, will fire you up for a grandstand finish.
In last year’s race I found a couple of narrow spots where the field got uncomfortably bunched. In particular, that first corner onto Harcourt Street is a bit tight so swing wide to avoid any traffic jams. Entering the Phoenix Park was a bit of a squeeze, as was Chapelizod just past the park. And on the Crumlin Road we had to fit into a bus lane as traffic passed beside us. But these are small quibbles.
The Clonskeagh to Roebuck uphill section, around the critical 20-mile point, is still in the marathon, something that may not be good news for many who’ve struggled at that point in previous races. But Dublin’s version of Heartbreak Hill is not as fearsome as you may have heard, once you know what to expect.
The sting in the Dublin Marathon’s tail is Grand Canal Street Bridge – in reality a brief rise you’d hardly notice in a car, but after 24 miles of running it is transformed into a cliff face. You’ll see.
You can download a map of the course and get more information from the Dublin Marathon website.
Here’s the high-speed tour of the Dublin Marathon course of 2013, the same as in 2012. Get visualising!