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Irish Life Dublin Marathon

Run for charity

Applying for a charity place

To get started, choose your preferred cause from the official charity listing and hit ‘enquire’ to apply to join their team.

How does it work?

Applying for a place through the event’s Official Charity Programme, in partnership with realbuzz, means if your application is successful, you’ll get a guaranteed entry into the event. You just need to reach the minimum fundraising target requested by your charity, with support and guidance all the way through your charity running journey. Each charity has a certain amount of places on their team, which varies by charity, and places are often in high demand so the charity will vet your application. They will get in touch directly to keep you updated on your application.

Irish Life Dublin Marathon

Run for charity

Select your favourite charity

Click the enquire link and complete the form.

Your charity will be in touch

Your charity will be in touch asap using the contact details you supplied in your application.

Start fundraising

Discuss your fundraising target with your charity and start raising money for a great cause!

Start Fundraising

Official Charity Partners

You can only have one ‘live’ application to a charity at any one time. Please look through the listings and choose a charity to support that is close to your heart. If your application is rejected you are able to submit an application to another charity or you can withdraw your application at any time by contacting Realbuzz Group and submit a new application to a different charity.

Yes! Even if you already have your own place in the KBC Dublin Marathon, our partner charities would love to have you on their fundraising teams. As an own place runner your charity will still provide you with all the support you need. As you already have a place in the event, this won’t use up one of the charity’s limited guaranteed entries, meaning your charity can add even more runners to their fundraising team. To apply as an own place fundraiser, be sure to select ‘Yes, I have my own entry’ on the ‘Do you already have an entry in this event?’ step of the application form.

All of our official charity partners of the KBC Dublin Marathon have guaranteed entries in the event for fundraisers. If you already have your own place in the event, you are welcome to raise money for any charity of your choice. Charities who are not an official charity partner will not be able to offer you a guaranteed entry in the event if you do not already have one.

Alternatively you can ask your charity to get in touch here to learn more about how they can become involved in the official charity programme.

As well as including the personal information your charity will need to get in touch with you, your application will also include some information about your fundraising.

Remember, charities will receive a high volume of applications and will not be able to offer places to everyone. You are more likely to be accepted based on the quality of your application, specifically ‘Why do you want to participate?’ and ‘How will you meet your fundraising goal?’ so please think carefully about your answers. 

Charity place runners do not have their own entry in the race (via the ballot) and so have been allocated one of the charity’s guaranteed entries by agreeing to a minimum fundraising target. Own place runners have secured an entry via the ballot and do not need any help from the charity to secure a place in the event.

All charities set their own fundraising amounts for the KBC Dublin Marathon, so minimum fundraising targets will vary. Once your application has been submitted, your charity will be in touch to discuss your fundraising target with you before accepting your application. Don’t worry though - every official charity partner will provide you with all of the support and resources you’ll need to easily reach your fundraising target. If you want to find out more about a charity’s fundraising target, please use the contact details on each of the listings to request more information directly from the charity you wish to support.

This will vary between charities, as a charity will close their applications once they have filled their limited amount of guaranteed charity places. To avoid disappointment, make sure you submit your application as early as possible.

As a fundraiser you’ll receive support from your charity throughout your KBC Dublin Marathon journey, including during your training, on race day itself and after the race. The support you receive will vary from charity to charity, but may include training plans, fundraising resources, regular updates from your charity, and personalised running t-shirts. As a fundraiser your charity will be hugely grateful for your vital contribution to their cause, so you’ll find that they will help you however they can.

Irish Cancer Society

As the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland we are working towards a cancer free future. Our free services, support and advice, ensure that cancer patients and their families are not alone at a time they need it most. The Irish Cancer Society receives only 3% of its funding from the Government. We rely on the support and generosity of the Irish public.

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Irish Heart Foundation

Every year in Ireland almost 9,000 people die from heart disease and stroke. Join team Irish Heart and help support people in Ireland living with a heart condition or the effects of stroke.

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American Cancer Society - DetermiNation

Together, we’ll tackle every course, rally every community, and stay absolutely relentless in the fight against cancer. Join DetermiNation and Make Your Miles More Meaningful

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The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Another 30 people will be diagnosed with dementia in Ireland today! Join TeamASI and help us to continue to support people living with dementia in Ireland. See more at alzheimer.ie.

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Cliona's Foundation

Cliona's provides direct financial support to families of children with a life limiting condition to help with the significant non medical costs of caring for their child which includes accommodation, travel, car parking and many more hidden costs.

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Cancer Fund For Children

Cancer Fund for Children provides practical and emotional support to children and young people, and their families, impacted by cancer across the island of Ireland. We work to ensure no child has to face

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Our Lady's Hospice

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services (OLH&CS) provides specialist care for a catchment of over a million people with a wide range of needs, from residential rehabilitation to end-of- life care.

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Pieta

Our Vision is A world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. Our Mission is to support people and communities in crisis by providing freely accessible, professional services to all. We treat everyone with respect and dignity. We are rooted in compassion and care. We generate and nourish hope. We empower!

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WellChild

WellChild is helping the thousands of children and young people across the UK with serious health needs, giving them the best chance to thrive – properly supported at home, with their families.

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Brain Tumour Research

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Help us in our vision to find a cure.

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Action Mental Health

Action Mental Health changes the lives of those living with mental ill-health.

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National Breast Cancer Research Institute

The National Breast Cancer Research Institute is a national charity that funds a comprehensive research programme at the University of Galway, improving Outcomes For Women In Ireland And Across The World.

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Movember

Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

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Rethink Mental Illness

We improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through our network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning.

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Tunnel to Towers Foundation

Supporting America’s first responder and military heroes, including homeless veterans, and helping America to Never Forget 9/11.

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Marie Curie

We provide care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. Last year we cared for over 40000 people across the UK.

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Alzheimer's Research UK

We are the leading dementia research charity. Our vision is a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

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Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Members of the Cystic Fibrosis Ireland Team use their participation in endurance events to raise awareness and the necessary funds to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives.

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Epilepsy Action

The UK's leading member-led epilepsy charity, providing information for the 600,000 people with epilepsy in the UK and anyone with an interest in the condition

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Irish Wheelchair Association

Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) is one of Ireland's leading service providers and representative organisations for people with physical disabilities.

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Northern Ireland Hospice

Northern Ireland Hospice is a local charity providing specialist respite, symptom management and end of life palliative care to infants, children and adults.

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RNLI

We've been saving lives at sea since 1824. Your support will help us in our mission to save every one.

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Diabetes Ireland

Providing support, education and advocacy for all those in Ireland affected by diabetes.

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Sightsavers Ireland

Protecting sight and fighting for disability rights.

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Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

Brain Injury can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. We provide community based Neuro-Rehabilitation for people with #braininjury #mindyourhead

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Women's Aid Ireland

Leading national organisation, working to prevent & address the impact of domestic violence & abuse

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Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

National charity helping people with sight loss or families of children with autism to achieve mobility and independence.

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St James's Hospital Foundation

St James's Hospital Foundation, uses donations to enhance facilities, support, innovation and research, provide education and training for hospital employees and elevate the standard of care for all patients.

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ISPCC Childline

ISPCC Childline is for children. Our purpose is to listen to them, empower them, strengthen their resilience and enable them to live their best possible lives.

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Move For Hunger

Mobilizing transportation networks to deliver surplus food to communities in need.

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The Mater Foundation

Official fundraising body of The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin.

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Allyson Whitney Foundation

The Allyson Whitney Foundation primarily provides young adult cancer patients (16-36) with ‘Life Interrupted Grants™' to ease their financial burden, so that they can concentrate their energy on healing.

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Back on My Feet

Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of fitness, community support and essential employment and housing resources.

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Keith Duffy Foundation

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Children in Hospital Ireland

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Make-A-Wish Ireland

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The Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust

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DePaul

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Smile Train (International)

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Concern Worldwide

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Trocaire

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Breakthrough Cancer Research

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Dyslexia Ireland

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The Rotunda Foundation

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Dogs Trust Ireland

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CRY Ireland (Cardiac Risk in the Young in Ireland)

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NI PANC

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Amnesty International Ireland

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ASCERT

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Cancer Care West

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Willowbrook Hospice

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Focus Ireland

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Organization for Autism Research

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To Write Love On Her Arms

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MS Ireland

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Keep a Child Alive

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The Down Syndrome Centre

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Samaritans Ireland

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MyMind

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MyMind

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Southern Area Hospice Services

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Project Purple

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ARC Cancer Support Centres

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Friends of St Luke's

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Age Action

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Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association

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GOAL Global

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Critical - Emergency Response

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Arthritis Ireland

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Belong To LGBTQ+ Youth Ireland

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Irish Kidney Association

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Dyspraxia DCD Ireland

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Isle Listen

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The Zahra Trust

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debra of America

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The Gavin Glynn Foundation

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Orbis Ireland

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National Women's Council Ireland

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Epilepsy Ireland

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COPE Gallway

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Biobank Ireland Trust Cancer Research

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Extern

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Children of Peru Foundation

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The Katie Crowell Foundation

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Tallaght University Hospital Foundation

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