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Running Dublin—The Emerald Isle

Dublin boasts many infamous charms. Perhaps the most famous is the friendly pub scene—with the rich history coming in a close second. But before you drown in lushy festivities during your overseas stay, discover on foot why this walker-friendly city is appropriately dubbed the “Emerald Isle.” The year-round verdant shade that graces both the countryside and city parks makes for a picture-perfect running escape.

“The convivial nature of the Irish always creates an uplifting running experience, as you receive smiles, hat tips, even ‘Good on ya’ commentary from passersby,” says Shannon Davis, who works with local industry experts on the European circuit of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “It makes you feel welcome.”

Between touring the countryside, sipping local brews and tucking into Irish eats, enjoy a few miles at one of Dublin’s many breathtaking sites. There’s something for every type of runner—enchanting greenery for the country girl, beautiful architecture for the city gal or a mix of both for the travel buff who wants the full luck-of-the-Irish experience.


Planning a late-summer vacay? The second annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon is slotted for August 4. With a start line near St. Stephen’s Green, the race offers easy morning access for out-of-towners crashing in nearby hotels. Runners will experience Phoenix Park, run under the archway of Christ Church Cathedral and admire the River Liffey before finishing in front of the National Concert Hall, one of the busiest music venues in Europe. Learn more at

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