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I make no apology that I am going to post this across a range of forums on here to try and see if I can attract some attention to a thought I had last week when I was at the Surf City Marathon with everyone.<br><br>
Every time I come over to America, meet up with fellow Kicksters from here, everyone mentions how they would love to come to Ireland - one day! And run the Dublin Marathon. Now, I appreciate that not everyone can drop everything and book flights to Dublin, plan a marathon, enjoy a Guinness or two, find a hotel, meet up with friends, run a marathon etc., so here's my thought....<br><br>
The 2009 Dublin Marathon takes place on Monday October 26th - That's 20 months away, plenty of time to plan ahead, and maybe make the decision to come to Ireland for a Global Kick Trip. I can sort out hotel plans as the gym I use is part of a hotel complex that has adequate rooms and I am sure I can reach an accommodation on a decent price, obviously a bit far ahead to be accurate at this stage - At present they charge €89 per night, per room, which works out at around $130 at present exchange rates, I doubt it would me much different, and there are no added taxes to pay, that's the price you pay.<br><br>
I can't say on flights, obviously depends on where you come from, but October is usually a cheaper month to fly, so hopefully it's not beyond the realms of peoples pockets -<br><br>
It's just a thought, but it would be a blast for everyone I am sure, and you can sample some of our renowned hospitality - and Guinness <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
What thoughts?<br><br>
Liam
 

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I can't commit to anything next week at the moment let alone months away, still would be a sweet idea!
 

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Yep, but it's easier for you, you only have to pop across the Irish Sea. Our US friends don't get a lot of vacation time and have to plan things <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">...
 

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Bring the baby <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Does that mean I'm not invited? <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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Ryanair will pay you to fly over, won't they? Or it'll cost like 1euro.<br><br>
I love this idea!!! Come visit us in Dublin...please!!<br><br>
If anyone wants to see what the marathon is like, here's a few snaps from this year.<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157602798375456/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/1576506...7602798375456/</a><br><br>
I've watched it two years now, and it is a great marathon. A great course. And the crowd support is fantastic. And the post race pint is the best in the world.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://netweb.files.wordpress.com/2006/02/GreatGuinness.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Of course you are - No bout adoubt it - Hic!!!!! See what Guinness can do for ya <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
As Ferrell says - Come and enjoy the craic <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I'm sure it won't be difficult to get there.<br><br>
Are there any other distances, I'm still out of action and would prefer a half if there is one <img alt="blush.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif">
 

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Its only the marathon at the moment, although they did have a 5K last year, not sure what the plans are for the future. YOu do have 20 months to get ready <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Just flipping this up as there seems a fair bit of interest from the 30's and Masters Groups - Making sure as many as poss see it and start sowing ideas <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I am going to give this some serious consideration.<br><br>
Thanks, Liam <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
A chance to run a marathon, meet some Kicksters and visit the land of my ancestors.<br><br>
Sounds like a lot of fun!
 

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Ditto except for on the underlined part though anything is possible! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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So, you're NOT part of the Chicago Irish, eh? You learn something every day! <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
I would love to do this and bring my wife. It's also the land of many of my ancestors.
 

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I asked my wife if she wanted to go to Dublin next year for a marathon.<br><br>
She looked at me, her eyes were saying <i>What the fuck are you talking about?</i> (in French).<br><br>
I'll work on her...
 

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Martin, tell her the shopping is brilliant in Dublin <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
Nettie, we think of you as one of the family, so you must be Irish <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Everyone - This is doable - Come on Over <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
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We've been do Dublin before, and she's visited alone a few times also.<br><br>
She loves Ireland, it's the running part she doesn't quite understand...
 

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Well. tell her she can have a Guinness or three whilst you go out for a pedestrian tour of the city <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I don't like Irish people (well except for my dear departed mom) so it sounds like a good place for me.<br><br>
I also hate running and beer...so it could be perfect.<br><br>
What's the forecast for that day...I can't get it on weather.com ???<br><br>
Zoom Airlines often has $169 (taxes in) one way flights to Dublin and Belfast from Toronto so it's actually cheaper to fly there than New York, Boston or Philly...places I can drive to in a day.<br><br>
I wonder how much it would cost to drive to Dublin from here??
 
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