A familiar sight – a crowd shot of the 2019 Dublin Marathon. This year, the marathon goes virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dublin Marathon organisers have confirmed that an official KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon will take place this October bank holiday weekend, marking the annual occasion when thousands of runners traditionally hit the streets of Dublin. In addition to the 26.2-mile event, members of the public can sign up for the KBC Virtual Race Series: 4 mile, 10km and half marathon. 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.
Jim Aughney race director said: “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. We are urging all those who sign up to be responsible and safe in adhering to Covid-19 restrictions.”
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 at this challenging time with charity partner Just Giving.
Existing runners in the database for the KBC Dublin Marathon and Race Series will receive an email today (Monday, July 13) with an opportunity to sign up. Entries for the public will be open on Wednesday, July 15 at 12pm on kbcdublinmarathon.ie
Entries close on Friday July 24.