Sunday’s 38th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will be run by 20,000, watched live by tens of thousands more and watched around the world for the first time on a live stream by hundreds of thousands more again.
“The SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon is now the largest Marathon in Ireland and the fifth largest in Europe so we are very excited to be streaming our event this weekend,” said Race Director Jim Aughney.
“We have collaborated with the Big Red Box on a number of occasions and they have shown a real commitment to capturing the essence of the event and bringing the atmosphere to life through their content.”
“It is great to have 20,000 people take part in our Marathon so being able to show it off to a worldwide audience is a real bonus for our team and Dublin itself.”
The move from Monday to Sunday was deliberately driven to encourage greater overseas involvement and that has been a success already.
Dublin City Council was a willing participant in the move and while it is disruptive to the city in terms of traffic and road closures the event has such broad popular appeal that this is generally well accepted by the people of the city.
The live stream programme will run from 8am to 5pm on Sunday and can be followed on the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon YouTube Page.
The commentary team for the day will include Ian O’Riordan and Dave Hooper, Frank Greally and Catherina McKiernan, Liam Moggan and Feidhlim Kelly.
Running a Marathon has always been beyond me but marveling at the logistics and the support that goes into this voluntary undertaking by those involved is something that comes easy.
Good luck to all those taking part, managing the event and bringing it to life on the streets and on our screens.
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