For the first time in 40 years, there will be no Dublin Marathon this year. The cancellation of the KBC backed race and series was announced yesterday after options exploring a pared-back version were deemed not to be viable.
It is a blow to the 25,000 who had secured their place but those entries will now roll onto 2021. There is a refund option for those who do not wish to carry their entry forward.
2020 was to have seen a record number take part after a couple of years of rising the number of entries in consultation with Dublin City Council and other stakeholders.
“We know this is extremely disappointing for all runners, especially those who secured marathon entries,” said Race Director Jim Aughney.
“We made the difficult decision in the best interest of the health and wellbeing of all those involved in making our events such a success from runners, supporters, volunteers, sponsors, to suppliers.”
“We explored many alternatives for running the events safely but ultimately none were viable.”
The loss of the race, as well as the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, will add to the woes of Dublin hospitality businesses, with the two races generating economic value of more than €50 million for the city in recent years.
It will also leave a big gap in terms of charity fundraising.
KBC were building up for a significant promotional push in this the second year of their partnership with the race.
“Whilst this decision will disappoint the many loyal runners and spectators, it is essential that public health and wellbeing takes priority over everything else,: said Aidan Power, Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs of KBC
“This is the right and responsible decision that the event organisers of the Dublin Marathon have taken and KBC as sponsors remain committed to its support and look forward to welcoming runners again in 2021.”
The KBC Dublin Marathon is the fourth biggest Marathon in Europe. It will bounce back.
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