The Dublin Marathon

40 Years of Running

The O’Brien Press is delighted to announce the publication, in cooperation with KBC Dublin Marathon, of a new book celebrating 40 years of the Marathon. The Dublin Marathon will be a commemoration and lookback at this major Irish sporting event since its inception in 1980.

‘We are delighted to be doing this book with The O’Brien Press, it’s a great celebration of the KBC Dublin Marathon’

Jim Aughney, Race Director, KBC Dublin Marathon

About the book:

The Dublin Marathon - 40 Years of Running

The Dublin Marathon was founded in 1980; since then, ‘Marathon Weekend’ – on the October Bank holiday weekend – has become a fixture on the Irish running calendar as thousands of runners race the 26.2 mile route through the streets of Dublin and the city turns out to support them.

Since the first 2,100 runners signed up in 1980, hundreds of thousands of runners from around Ireland and around the world have taken part. This book celebrates the 40th running of the Dublin Marathon in 2019 and is a true celebration of a unique Irish sporting and cultural event.

Covering the history of the race, the heart-warming and inspirational stories of Irish marathoners – from the elites to the club runners, charity runners and recreational runners – the various routes the marathon has taken over the years, famous Irish marathoners, anecdotes from the thirteen runners who’ve completed every Dublin Marathon, the organisation and the army of volunteers – and of course the amazing supporters and the people of Dublin who make the marathon what it is.

Including a list of the course records and an Introduction by Dick Hooper, three-time Olympian and winner of the very first Dublin Marathon back in 1980. Illustrated with hundreds of photographs and memorabilia from the 1980s to the present day.

Call-out for Stories:

The O’Brien Press and KBC Dublin Marathon announced a call-out to Irish people everywhere for their stories, memories and memorabilia from Dublin marathons down through the years, for possible inclusion in the book. The date for these submissions has now passed: thanks to everyone who took part, and we look forward to the finished book, which will be available in advance of this year's Dublin Marathon.

About the Author:

Written by Sean McGoldrick, sports journalist for the Sunday World and multiple-time-marathon runner. He was shortlisted for Sports Journalist of the Year at the Bord Gáis Energy National Media Awards 2009.