Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations


The event is run under IAAF rules.

Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund outside our refund window if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your race number to anyone else.

Unlike many races and events, entrants to the Irish Life Dublin Marathon are offering a refund opportunity in June. Runners who opt for this will be refunded 70% of their initial entry fee. A 30% charge is incurred to cover the administration of the refund and the process of replacing that entrant.   Dublin Marathon is a not-for-profit organisation with entry fees and funding for the event management, administration and promotion of the Dublin Marathon and Race Series. The refund window is opened in June to allow for appropriate event management (waves, merchandise orders etc.).

You may not transfer your entry to an alternative event outside our transfer window. Runners who opt for the transfer can nominate the person they wish to receive their entry. The system will send them an email to accept your transfer.

The sale, swapping or bartering of Marathon/Race Series Entries or Marathon/Race Series Numbers is strictly forbidden.

If you attempt to sell, swap or barter your Marathon/Race Series Entry or Marathon/Race Series race number, you may be banned from future Dublin Marathon and/or Race Series events.

You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the Marathon

You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of a Marathon.

You must show a photo ID to receive your Marathon race number and timing chip at the Expo.

You must pick up your Marathon race packet and race number in person at the Expo.

You are required to wear an official Marathon race number on the front of your singlet/shirt to participate in the Marathon.


Sorry, NO non-competitors (children, partners, etc.) can enter the course or cross the finish line with you. Failure to comply may lead to disqualification.

Animals, whether on a lead or not, are not allowed on the course

Personal Trainers, mentors or coaches will not be permitted on the course unless they enter the event and wear an official Marathon Race Number.

Competitors must always follow the instructions of Stewards, Race officials or An Garda Siochana.

Competitors must start at the official start Line and complete the Officially measured course.

Competitors must start the event at an officially sanctioned start time only.

The competitor is responsible for familiarising themselves with the event rules and any directions as may be published in the ‘Final Instruction Document’ provided with the Marathon Race Pack.

Failure to comply with any of the rules may lead to disqualification


Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE outside our refund window, and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE outside our transfer window.  Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else outside our transfer window. You may not transfer your application to the following year or another Marathon Series event.

Selling or swapping/attempting to sell or swap race numbers will result in the number being cancelled.

Race Etiquette.

Whether you’re taking part in the Irish Life Dublin Marathon for the first time or are a seasoned entrant, our guide to race etiquette has everything you need to know for the day, from good manners to your safety.

Before the race

  • Ensure you fill in the details on the back of your race number. Stick the number sticker provided at registration onto the outside of your baggage bag. On race day pin your race number. At registration, you’ll be provided with pins, but it’s a good idea to bring some of your own, too. Avoid folding or covering your race number – it needs to be seen by the race marshals and finisherpix who want to capture you on the day.
  • Merrion Square South is where the baggage area is located, so leave your bag with the stewards. Make sure you follow their instructions carefully. Don’t give your bag to anyone other than friends, family or the baggage staff. Only the official SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon baggage bag will be accepted in the baggage area.
  • Try not to bring any valuables with you to the event. If anything goes missing or you see anything suspicious, report it to the nearest race marshal.
  • Listen out for announcements in case race details change, for example, if the start time is delayed. In a large crowd, it’s the only way the race organisers can communicate with you and you don’t want to miss anything important. Be aware if you are using headphones, you will not be able to hear any announcements.
  • Plan your visits to the toilet carefully, as there will likely be queues near the start of the race. Toilets are available in each wave zone.
  • Be aware of others around you as you warm up for the race. If possible, pick an area away from the crowd to stretch.
  • Make sure you’re in the correct starting wave – This is important because it means faster runners aren’t forced to change course to overtake and slower runners don’t feel they’re constantly being overtaken. If you’re unsure of your expected finish time, keep towards the back of the crowd.

During the race

  • Don’t let friends not participating in the race run or cycle alongside you. It can cause problems for the other runners and you may be accused of having a ‘pacer’, which is banned, and you will be disqualified.
  • If you’re overtaking someone else, leave plenty of room before you move across in front of them.
  • Try to avoid stopping suddenly during the race. For example, if you need to tie your laces, move towards the side of the road and find a safe place to stop first.
  • Be aware of other people at drinks stations, and take your turn if there’s a crowd. Avoid running out in front of others to take your drink, and only take as much as you need.
  • Use the bins for empty water bottles – other runners might trip over them if left on the road.
  • If you have to queue for the toilet during a race, avoid queuing in the path of other runners.
  • Listen carefully to any instructions you’re given by the race marshals, and remember to thank them for their help – most marshals are volunteers who have been kind enough to give up their time.

After the race

  • When you cross the finish line, you’ll be directed to an area where the marshals will present you with your well-deserved medal and t-shirt.
  • Remember to collect your baggage bag from Merrion Square South.


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