Race organisers have this morning announced that there will be a record 25,000 entries for the 2020 KBC Dublin Marathon.
This represents an increase of 2,500 from the 22,500 entries available in 2019.
The new lottery system has revealed that there are over 35,000 interested in participating in the 2020 event, taking place on Sunday 25th October 2020.
These include 16,200 entries have been received from runners who had participated in any of the 2017, 2018 & 2019 editions of the event, who were guaranteed a place in the 2020 KBC Dublin Marathon.
1,000 entries are allocated to sponsors and tour operators, with a further 1,300 allocated to “Good for Age” Athletics Ireland membership in addition to the 16,100 lottery applications bringing the overall estimated demand to 35,000.
6,500 successful lottery applicants, a little better than a one in three chance, will today (Friday 10th January) receive their code and will have until 31st January to claim their entry.
Any that are not taken up will go into a second round of applications in February.
“A key objective from the outset of the Dublin Marathon Board, who are volunteers, was to promote marathon running in Ireland and it is great to see such strong interest in this year’s event,” said KBC Dublin Marathon Race Director, Jim Aughney.
“We know that there will be many runners disappointed today, but we cannot accommodate all interested individuals as we pride ourselves on delivering a quality event as the health and safety of participants is our primary concern.”
“Given that we now have an indication of the overall interest levels in participation, this will allow us to have meaningful conversations with our many stakeholders around the future and further development of the KBC Dublin Marathon.”
Those stakeholders will include Dublin City Council who facilitate the staging of the race in October and have permitted a 25 per cent in the number of runners since the event switched to Sunday three years ago.
KBC is on board for the second year of their involvement having taken over from SSE Airtricity in 2019.
Other race sponsors include Enterprise Rent a Car, Lucozade Sport, Dublin City and Fingal County Councils, Ishka, Ronhill and Actavo.