As 14,000 people from 48 countries lined out for the 35th Dublin Marathon yesterday, there were tears, there was triumph and there were diamonds too.
Even though the race was won by Kenyan Eliud Too with a time of 02:14:47, there was still a lot for the Irish to shout about.
Clondalkin fireman Paudi Thompson (33), who carried a 40kg mannequin for the 26-mile race, fell to his knees at the finish line.
But it wasn't from exhaustion. He proposed to his long-term girlfriend Emma O'Reilly at the finish line. Paudi got down on bended knee after completing his sixth marathon, which he ran to raise awareness around mental health.
"We have seen a lot of young people attempt suicide and we came up with the idea to show how much it helps if someone helps lift you emotionally and spiritually and it snowballed from there," explained the fireman about the idea behind the mannequin.
After proposing to his girlfriend he said he was going to get an Eddie Rockets before heading into work.
Another marathon hero was Joseph Clifford who pushed his wheelchair-bound brother Ciaran around the 26-mile course.
"I am his older brother, Ciaran is intellectually disabled and can't really walk far, we started running in 2008 and 2009, we entered our first race in 2010 and we have been chipping away at distance until this.
"We train together, he loves it, we started when he was a kid. I used to skateboard behind his wheelchair and he responded really well. He lights up and with someone who has very limited communication it is our medium to connect. I love running with him," said Joseph.
The pair finished the race in an impressive time of 04:33:35.
While the top three spots for men went to non-Irish runners, Dubliner Maria McCambridge took second place overall amongst the female racers. She missed out on the top spot by just four seconds behind Kenyan woman Esther Wanjiru Macharia, who had a time of 02:34:15.
The Hughes family from Co Mayo got their names in the Guinness Book of Records for the most family members to complete a marathon.
A total of 31 family members raced together yesterday, but the family first made history 30 years ago when eight brothers ran the course.
And 83-year-old Limerick man John Collins completed his 30th and final Dublin Marathon in a time of 06:55:52.
He came first in his category - which was for 80-84-year-old runners.
Also taking top spot in their category was Naas man Patrick Monahan who set a new wheelchair course record for Dublin, finishing in a very fast 01:52:43.
And ultra-fit Sinead Kane, who is a visually impaired athlete with just 5pc vision, completed the marathon with the aid of her guide in a time 04:05:36.
Yesterday's marathon saw 10,000 Irish entrants race with 4,000 foreigners descending on the city to run in the event too.
"We are delighted with how today's race went" said Race Director Jim Aughney yesterday.
"We had changes to the course due to the Luas works, so it was great to see that the route worked well for our runners. The people of Dublin have outdone themselves yet again, the support around the route was unbelievable.
"People still have to run 26.2miles, but that support can make a huge difference in motivating them to keep going. We would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who came out to support the runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes," added Mr Aughney.