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Record numbers turn out for Dublin marathon


Thousands of participants and spectators gathered this morning at Fitzwilliam Square for the Dublin marathon. Almost 11,000 Irish and 4,500 international competitors – representing 62 nationalities – are taking part in the event.

Various road closures and traffic restrictions are in place in the city centre.

A record number of entrants took to the starting line at Fitzwilliam Square for this year’s Dublin marathon.

15,216 people registered for the event, now in its 36th year.

The wheelchair race got proceedings under way at 8:55.

 Road closures are be in place in the city centre throughout the day, with Merrion Square closed to traffic until 9pm.

This may be the last year the marathon is held on the October Bank Holiday Monday.

As the race continues to grow in popularity, organisers are hoping to attract even more international competitors next year by moving the event to Sunday.

Alemu Gemechu of Ethiopia won the marathon, with a time of two hours and 14 minutes.

Patrick Monahan from Naas, Co Kildare, won the wheelchair race, with a time of one hour 43.

Source RTE