Pros: fans, location
Cons: poor organization
Dublin is a beautiful city and the fan support was great. The course was flat in the city center but we ran into some hills in the suburbs. The weather was nice except for high winds most of the race. It was cold at the beginning (in the 20's) but the sun came out within an hour or so. My only complaint is the organization...it was horrible. 2001 was the first year that Adidas took over sponsorship and organization. They need to make a lot of changes before the 2002 race. There was no water after mile 9 (and that was carbonated salt water for some reason) and no port-a-loos from mile 12 to mile 23. Luckily, the spectators in the neighborhoods on the course were nice enough to buy lots of bottled water and pour it into cups to hand out to the racers. The kids were great...there were even a few out with bags of orange slices and potato chips. There was no food or Gu along the course or at the end. The wasn't much to see or do at the expo, except purchase official Adidas marathon gear. I'm sure they made a fortune because the t-shirts in our bags were horrible (every local 5K and 10K t-shirt I have was 10x nicer) and there was no finisher t-shirt or medal. Instead we received a plaque with famine victims on it (I know it's part of their history but it's so scary looking that it actually made some kids cry). If nothing else, go to see the city and experience the amazing hospitality of the Irish people. Also, it is on most charity programs list of marathons (Team in Training, Team Diabetes, Joints in Motion, etc.) which is an added bonus.