GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
The event is run under IAAF rules.
Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your race number to anyone else.
You may not transfer your entry fee to an alternative event.
The sale, swapping or bartering of Marathon Race Entries or Marathon Race Numbers is strictly forbidden.
If you attempt to sell, swap or barter your Marathon Race Entries or Marathon 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 Marathon 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.
NO UN-OFFICIAL VEHICLES, BIKES, IN-LINE SKATES, SKATEBOARDS, BABY JOGGERS, PRAMS (OF ANY DESCRIPTION) WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE COURSE.
Sorry NO non-competitor (children, partners etc) are allowed to 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 allowed on the course unless they are entered in the event and wearing an official Marathon Race Number.
Competitors are obliged to follow the instructions of Stewards, Race officials or An Garda Siochana at all times
Competitors must start at the official start Line and complete the full Officially measured course
Competitors must start the event at an officially sanctioned start time only
It is the responsibility of the competitor to familiarise 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, and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE. 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. 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.
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 personal safety.
Before the race
- Make sure 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. Try to 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, make sure you report it to the nearest race marshal.
- Listen out for announcements in case any race details change, for example if the start time is delayed. In a large crowd, it’s the only way the race organisers will be able to 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 are likely to be queues near the start of the race. Toilets are available in each wave zone.
- Be aware of other people 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 not sure of your expected finish time, keep towards the back of the crowd.
During the race
- Don’t let friends who aren’t taking part 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, make sure you 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 provided for empty water bottles – other runners might trip over them if they’re 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.