The Dublin Marathon 2010 is the latest installment in a series of annual marathons held in Dublin, Ireland. In 2010, the event will be held on Monday, October 25th, at 9 AM. As with every past Dublin Marathon, this year's event will begin at Fitzwilliam Square in the center of Dublin and finish at Merrion Square. The route of the race usually proceeds counterclockwise around the city and passes through Phoenix Park.
Dublin Marathon History
The Dublin Marathon was first held in 1980 after its invention by Noel Carroll. The Dublin Marathon's competition pool grows in size nearly every year. The 1980 Dublin Marathon featured 2,100 competitors and 1,420 finishers. The 1988 race included 8,700 racers, while the 2000 Dublin Marathon included 8,900. 12,799 racers took part in 2009, and even more are expected for the 2010 Dublin Marathon. Many Dublin Marathon contenders travel from abroad to participate. Interestingly, the race hasn't been won by an Irish citizen since 2000, when Sonia O'Sullivan won the women's portion of the race.
Dublin Marathon Records
The Dublin Marathon is open to levels of runners and have had some excellent records set by male and female runners over the years. The men's winner in 1980 was Dick Hooper, clocking in at 2:16:14. The female winner was Carey May, finishing in 2:42:11. The fastest completion of the Dublin Marathon so far took place in 2007, when Aleksey Sokolov from Russia finished the event in 2:09:07.
Dublin Marathon 2010 Prizes
The winner of the Dublin Marathon 2010 will receive €15,000, as well as the Noel Carroll Memorial Trophy. An additional €5,000 is reserved for any competitor who breaks Sokolov's record. Cash prizes are also available for the first team finisher, masters finisher and Irish finisher.
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