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Irish Life Dublin Marathon

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    Launched in 1980, the Dublin Marathon is Europe’s 4th largest marathon and a global running event. 20,000 runners from over 60 countries will take to the city centre course on October 27th 2024. Now significantly oversubscribed, runners are drawn to a fast, flat course that starts and finishes in the heart of the city, taking in Dublin’s historic landmarks.


    Guaranteed race entry

    Europe's 4th largest marathon

    Running and sightseeing!

    The 2024 Irish Life Dublin Marathon is a well organised and supported marathon and Sports Tours International has a long history of offering the event to international runners.

    Known for its relatively flat course, it’s currently Europe’s 4th largest marathon and is certainly a marathon to add to your bucket list. The course starts in Fitzwilliam Street Upper and finishes in Merrion Square close to the historic Trinity College. The weather conditions for running here in October are generally ideal.

    There is the huge choice of world-class galleries, museums and cultural attractions located in Dublin. The city’s rich history and culture means you’ll never run out of interesting places to visit. There are also lots of warm and welcoming pubs, so why not enjoy a pint of Guinness too!

    Included in your package

    • Guaranteed entry
    • Breakfast included
    • Welcome drinks on Friday evening in the hotel bar
    • Post marathon celebrations drinks in the hotel bar
    • Sports Tours bobble hat
    • Passionate Sports Tours International USA team on hand throughout the event
    Hyatt Centric The Libertines Dublin
    Hyatt Centric The Libertines Dublin

    Situated in the very heart of Dublin, just a stones throw from some of the city's best loved attractions such as; Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, and the stunning St. Patrick's Cathedral (which is just 0.1 miles away), is the fabulous Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin. Each room, in this beautiful 4* hotel is finished with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and all rooms are fitted with a wardrobe and a desk, and finished with a private bathroom. There are tea and coffee making facilities in guest rooms and breakfast is available in rooms. The hotel is fully heated, air conditioned and soundproofed, to ensure you get the best night's sleep possible. For your comfort and convenience, the hotel is non smoking throughout.

    The hotel has an onsite bar and coffee house and the Liberties Gate Restaurant offers a superb dining experience, where fresh is the theme, and locally inspired food is served with refreshing simplicity and elegance. The hotel boasts a state-of-the-art fitness centre, open 24 hours daily and a 24 hour front desk service.


    Shared lounge/TV area
    Designated smoking area
    Air conditioning
    Non-smoking throughout
    Car hire
    Packed lunches
    Soundproof rooms
    VIP room facilities
    Family rooms
    Facilities for disabled guests
    Fitness Centre
    Room service

    3 nights
    4 nights

    Please note that the price is based on 2 people sharing a room with double bed or 2 single beds. Single supplement fee for a sole occupancy of a room.

    Race highlights










    October 25

    Arrival in Dublin and Welcome Drinks

    Please make your own arrangements to fly to Dublin and transport from Dublin airport to your hotel. A Sports Tours International USA representative will be at the hotel reception ready to welcome you to Dublin! Dependent on your arrival time, you could head to the marathon expo to collect your race bib, located at the Royal Dublin Society, Merrion Road and open from 12pm – 7pm. In the evening, join us for welcome drinks in the hotel bar, perfect for solo travelers to meet fellow runners.

    October 26

    5K shakeout run and expo day

    After breakfast, we are hosting a complimentary 5K shakeout run to get your legs moving pre race day. If you haven’t collected your race bibs, head to the marathon expo, located at the Royal Dublin Society, Merrion Road and open from 12pm – 7pm.

    October 27

    Race day!

    Today is the day! There are 4 wave starts, fifteen minutes apart. Participants should arrive at their starting area by 8.15 am via one of the time zones. Participants should arrive prepared to run – changing facilities are not provided. Bring a black plastic bag to keep warm. Celebrate your incredible achievement with post celebrations drinks in the hotel bar after the marathon.

    October 28

    Departure day

    With so much to see and explore in Dublin, today you can sight see before travelling home.

    Marathon race entry +


    Plane +

    Dublin City is conveniently located approximately 10km north of Dublin Airport, taking approximately 45 minutes.

    Bus +

    Dublin Airport is accessible by over 1,000 buses and coaches daily, reaching many areas in and around Dublin and towns and cities across Ireland.

    The course +

    Main Field Start (including walkers) is at 9.00am at Fitzwilliam Street Upper. Walkers should line up at the back of the field. There are 4 wave starts, fifteen minutes apart. Participants should arrive at their starting area by 8.15 am via one of the time zones and be prepared to run – changing facilities are not provided. Bring a black plastic bag to keep warm.

    Does my luggage get transported to my hotel? +

    If airport transfers are included in your package, we will transfer you and your Luggage to the hotel. If you are on a cycling holiday, we will also transfer your bike.

    Do you cater for children? +

    Children are welcome on our trips with the exception of some Hospitality packages.

    Can Vegetarians, Vegans or special diets be catered for? +

    Any dietary requirements e.g., Vegetarian or Vegan etc needs to be advised to us at booking stage. We will then request the meals with the relevant hotel.

    Can I extend my stay along the way? +

    Stays can be extended beyond our standard packages subject to availability at the relevant hotel.

    How can I pay for my holiday? +

    Packages can be paid for online or over the phone by Credit/debit card or Amex, payments can also be made by Bank transfer.

    Do I need travel insurance? +

    Travel insurance is always advised and is best taken out at the time of making a booking.

    What happens if I have to cancel? Will I lose money? +

    Cancelation charges are applicable in the event you cannot travel. Please refer to the booking conditions page.

    Can I change the date after I’ve booked? +

    Subject to amendment fees and hotel availability dates can be changed after initial booking.

    Will anyone from your team meet me during my stay? +

    Dependent on the trip booked we will have representatives on the package this will be outlined in the individual tour. If we have no representation a 24-hour telephone number will be provided.

    Can I travel on my own? +

    Yes, we cater for solo travellers, we can offer single rooms

    Is the entry guaranteed? +

    All our entries are Guaranteed there is no ballot, lottery or fundraising required once your entry is paid it is guaranteed.

    Do I need to pay a deposit? +

    A deposit will be required at time of booking to secure your place.

    How do I manage a Sports Tours booking? +

    Once booked online you will be able to view and make payments on your account.

    When will I receive my tickets? +

    Itineraries will be sent on all trips around 14 days prior to departure

    What is included in the price? +

    What is included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

    What is not included in the price? +

    What is not included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

    Sports Tours International USA

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