The KBC Dublin Marathon is to be bigger than ever before after race organisers announced yesterday that an additional 2,500 extra places will go on sale on Monday 1st July.
This will sustain the race’s position among the Top Five Marathon’s in Europe with only Berlin, London and Paris drawing a bigger entry.
This follows a sell-out of the 20,000 entries in December 2018, 10 months before the event on Sunday 27th October 2019, and only 40 days after it launched, appropriate for the 40th running of the race.
“We always sit down with the key authorities and work closely with them to ensure that the race is as good as it can possibly be for the runners, the City and all those who playa a part in its success,” said Race Director Jim Aughney speaking to Sport for Business at Dublin’s Mansion House yesterday.
“We analyse what works in all the small detail from one year to the next and can then predict with confidence where we can improve in order to provide more opportunity for runners to take part.”
“After the race sold out in December the office logged over 1,500 calls from people asking if we could just squeeze them in. We know there will be demand for the extra places and we are also offering an opportunity for those who booked their place in November but who might not now be able to run through injury or other circumstances to get a refund and free up other places between the 3rd and 16th June.”
Aughney also revealed that the design of the medals and the theme of this year’s race had been signed off and will be released in the coming weeks alongside exciting new activation plans for new race sponsor KBC Bank.
“The Dublin Marathon has enjoyed huge success and developed into one of the best race experiences in the world for competitors and supporters alike,” said KBC Bank Director of Customer, Brand and Marketing, Aidan Power.
“Being part of the 40th celebrations in our first year as sponsor and bringing a new record number of runners to the streets of Dublin this makes this a really special sponsorship for KBC.”
“Each and every runner that partakes in the KBC Dublin Marathon has an inspirational story behind their journey to the 26.2-mile finish line,” said Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring who hosted yesterday’s launch and a reception for the 13 athletes who have completed all 39 previous Dublin Marathons in the Oak Room at the Mansion House.
Entries are now also open for the 2019 KBC Race Series which starts with the South Dublin 10k on Sunday 21 July. This will be followed by the Frank Duffy 10 Mile on Saturday 24 August and the KBC Dublin Half Marathon on Saturday 21 September both in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.