Thousands of runners will take part in the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon this coming October bank holiday weekend, running a route within the 5km radius of their homes.

As well as the marathon distance, runners have signed up to the KBC Virtual Race Series distances of 4 Mile, 10km and Half Marathon.

“This is obviously quite different from previous years when record numbers of runners took to the streets of Dublin,” said Race Director Jim Aughney.

“Nevertheless, the running community can bring that spirit and sense of togetherness to our villages, towns, and cities over the October bank holiday weekend.”

5KM Radius

“With Ireland moving to Level 5 we are urging all runners to adhere to the Covid-19 restrictions that will be in place at the weekend. Their route should be run within the 5km radius of their home and run with only one other person who also lives within that zone.”

“A lapped route close to your home is actually an ideal way to cover the marathon distance, this will allow for hydration stations and a safe cheer zone for your family or housemates.”

“When you are standing at your start-line, try not to think about the full 26.2 miles distance, as it can be daunting,” said Olympian and 2018 National Marathon winner Lizzie Lee.

“Break down the miles into manageable chunks. It is a lot easier to think about reaching the end of one 5km than it is to think about how far you’ve got to go until you hit the 26.2-mile mark.”

Different

“There is no doubt that this year’s marathon will be different,” added Aidan Power, Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs with KBC.

“Runners from all over Ireland and the world have adapted and responded really positively to all of the changes that they have had to experience.”

“All of the feedback we have seen from runners says that they are really excited and positive about running safely this weekend. They are rising to the challenges and looking forward to completing the 26.2 miles within their 5km zone.”

Runners are being encouraged to share their stories virtually by using the hashtags #RunYourTown and #KBCVirtualDublinMarathon throughout the weekend.

There is a KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon App, which provides a live tracking feature. Just like a live race. Runners are being urged to ensure that the 2m distance is maintained if running with a partner and ideally to start their run early so as not to crowd pathways or trails.

The organisers of the Dublin Marathon have commissioned a special #RunYourTown award to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of thousands of runners who are also making a difference raising much-needed funds for charity. The worthy recipient is Rob Stephen who has raised funds for the charity GROW, which has been helping people recover from mental health challenges since it was founded in 1969.

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