Thousands hit capital to run Dublin City Marathon
Published 30/10/2016 | 11:05
Sometimes a marathon isn't enough.... you need to do it in full Halloween costume.
Elvis Presley, Superman and Captain America were all spotted among the 20,000 people fuelling up and running the annual event on Sunday morning.
Organisers say that of the 19,500 participants, more than 13,000 will be from Ireland, but some 5,700 are internationals.
The Dublin City Marathon, which is taking place on a Sunday for the first time, had several different start times and 39 different pace-setters helping participants ranging in finish times of between three and five hours.
Though for some, three hours just doesn't feel like enough - particularly when there's charity fundraising on the line.
Terry Hughes (37) will have run five marathons in five days by the time he crosses the line in Dublin.
Father-of-three and filling station owner Terry left his hometown of Ballyshannon in Co Donegal on Wednesday and ran a marathon to Florencecourt in Co Fermanagh.
On Thursday, he ran from Florencecourt to Cavan. Yesterday, he ran from Cavan to Kells and today he will run to Dunboyne. He will run his fifth marathon through Dublin.
He is raising funds for the Jack and Jill Foundation.
"I only ran one marathon in my life before starting my five marathons on Wednesday," said Terry.
"The toughest section so far was an uphill seven or eight miles from Belturbet to Cavan. But the support has been great," he said.
And then there is Carlow man Paul Ward, a chef by trade who also runs a full-time bootcamp.
Paul and colleagues have already raised €5,000 for regional youth services in Carlow, with another 70 sponsorship cards still to come back. But his challenge this time around might just be his greatest yet.
He was set to leave Carlow at 3.30am by bicycle, complete the marathon and then cycle back home again.
"We'll pull into St Stephen's Green at around 6.30am, we'll put the bikes into the back of one of the support vehicles, get changed and get breakfast at 7.30am," Paul said.
"We'll then make our way over to the start line, get stretched and warmed up, get the marathon done and then I will pull off at half two and cycle back to Carlow - about 85-90km," he added.
Meanwhile, Lucan lad James Casserly (10) and teammate Mark Lacey have raised €40,000 for Barretstown with the Team James campaign.
James is wheelchair-bound and Mark will run the marathon with him, with the pair hoping to complete the course in three hours and 40 minutes.
James has cerebral palsy, which affects his lower limbs and core.
Mark, who has competed in more than 60 marathons, said: "We get to the start line and we'll go off with the elite wheelchairs," he said.
"The plan is to go out and break a record for anyone that's been push-assisted in a marathon in Ireland," he added.
When it comes to public transport, Dublin Bus are advising customers their real time bus information system will be out of service on the day.
More than 20 routes will also be affected by the marathon.
The company said in a statement that all diversions are from first bus until roads are reopened by gardaí, unless otherwise stated in their route diversion.
There will be no notable disruption to Luas services on the day.
The company say that they will be operating a regular Sunday service, with trams starting at 7am, finishing at 11.30pm and running every 10 minutes.
Those using Dublin Bikes this weekend have also been warned that stations at Merrion Square and Fitzwilliam Square will be closed all weekend.
Race participants looking to drive into the city on the morning of the race have been told they can avail of discount car parking in the centre.
Q-Park Ireland are offering all race participants and supporters 3pc off throughout the bank holiday weekend at their two main Dublin City car parks