Olympian Mick Clohisey, two-time national marathon champion Sean Hehir, reigning national champion, Laura Graham and International athlete, Clare Gibbons McCarthy launched the 2017 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon today at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.
The 38th running of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will take place on Sunday 29th October 2017. In 2016, the event sold out before the closing date with 19,500 entries, a 30% increase on the previous year, making it the largest marathon in Ireland and the fifth largest marathon in Europe. This was in part driven by the surge in International interest following the move to a Sunday from the historical Bank Holiday Monday.
Entries for the 2017 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will be capped at 20,000, with Race Director Jim Aughney anticipating another sell out: “The entries to date have been really strong and we are encouraging all those who wish to take part to enter early to avoid disappointment.” For those wishing to enter the race there will be an early bird registration rate of €70 before the 31st of May after which the price will be €80.
The SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will mark the Dublin wide celebration of the 350th anniversary of writer Jonathon Swift’s birth, will all finishers receiving a commemorative medal to mark the occasion. All those taking part will run past St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin where Swift was Dean.
Speaking at today’s launch, Anne McAreavey, Sponsorship Manager at SSE Airtricity, said: “We’re really proud to be sponsoring the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon and Race Series once again this year. The events get bigger and better every year, and hopefully we’ll see a record number of runners taking to the Dublin streets again this October.
“We’re also delighted to announce that we’re extending our sponsorship of the Marathon and Race Series to 2018. The SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon is a truly special occasion in the city, creating so much positive energy for participants and spectators alike, and we’re committed to encouraging and supporting its continued success.” Over 17,000 participants took part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Race Series last year. The first of the race series will kick off with the Fingal 10k on Sunday 24th July, with the long running Frank Duffy 10 Mile set for the Phoenix Park 26th of August. The Dublin Half Marathon will take place in a new venue in 2017, the Newbridge Demesne in Donabate, Co. Dublin. The finale in the series is the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon taking place on Sunday 29th October which will also be Athletics Ireland’s National Championships.