Marathon Moves to Lottery Basis

Registration for the 2020 KBC Dublin Marathon will occur through a lottery system for the first time. Up until participation in the event for 40 years has been on a first come, first served basis.

This was KBC’s first year of sponsorship after the race was backed by SSE Airtricity before that since 2013. Ironically the sponsor before that was the National Lottery who backed the event for one year in 2011.

This switch has been made as a result of the increased demand for race entries.

“Many races that have more interested runners than they can accommodate have moved to a lottery registration system in recent years,” said Race Director Jim Aughney.

“Demand for the Dublin Marathon has never been greater, and we believe the lottery is the fairest system to offer all runners the same opportunity to participate.”

There were more places in 2019, 22,500 in total, but even they sold out in record time.

The regulation window will be open from the 1st November to 30th November 2019.

There will be a registration fee of €15 per lottery entry which will be fully refundable if the applicant is not successful and fully redeemable against entry fee if the applicant is successful.

Registrants will learn their entry status via SMS and email between the 3rd and 10th January 2020 at which point that successful entrants will have until 31st January 2020 to redeem the offer.

Any initial places not redeemed by that date will be re-allocated by lottery to entrants who were not successful. This second wave of successful applicants will learn their entry status via the same means between the 4th and the 7th of February. These offers must be redeemed by 14th February 2020.

It’s a mark of the success of the race that the system has to be changed. It remains to be seen now for certain just how many over and above the race number will want to compete next year.

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