The KBC Dublin Marathon will not take place in its normal fashion in 2020 but there will at least be a socially distant version on the same weekend of the October bank holiday weekend.
The virtual race will ensure runners still have a goal to target and there are options to sign up the KBC Virtual Race Series over different distances in advance.
Runners, participating with their smartphone, can complete the distances safely in their local area and will be supported by the Dublin Marathon app, which will record their distance and upload their time automatically.
Each year €9 million is raised for charity by runners of the KBC Dublin Marathon. Those who sign-up to the virtual races are encouraged to use the opportunity to have a positive impact by raising much-needed funds for charities with charity partner Just Giving.
“While nothing can beat the atmosphere and support on the streets of Dublin of the friendly marathon, the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon will be a close second,” said Olympic Marathon runner Lizzie Lee.
“I am delighted for runners that they can stay motivated by having a goal to aim towards.”
Finishers of the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon and Race Series will receive the official commemorative medal.
The runners will be aided by an app has a built-in GPS tracking feature which automatically records their distance and time with results uploaded automatically when runners have completed their race.
“Working with the Dublin Marathon organisers, we wanted to support what is traditionally a big weekend in the calendar for the running community,” said Aidan Power Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at KBC.
“For the many loyal and new runners of the KBC Dublin Marathon, we wanted to offer them an opportunity to run the marathon safely and virtually in their local area.”
“We launched the #RunThisTown social media campaign to support runners taking to their streets safely in their local areas during the month of May and the response was great. I am sure we will see the same enthusiasm for the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon.”
“The KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon will allow runners to feel a sense of togetherness while they run in their own cities, town and villages around Ireland and worldwide,” added Race Director Jim Aughney.
Existing runners in the database for the KBC Dublin Marathon and Race Series will have received an email yesterday with an opportunity to sign-up.
Entries for the public will be open on Wednesday 15th of July at noon on kbcdublinmarathon.ie. Entry closes on Friday 24th of July.
The original scheduled Dublin Marathon sold out in record time with an entry of 25,000. It may be something of a marker as to the potential appeal of the race once we see how many register their interest for this virtual edition.