Runners urged to take part in virtual Dublin marathon

Pictured above: Offaly native and Irish international athlete Ann-Marie McGlynn launching the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon which takes place over the October Bank Holiday weekend. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Dublin Marathon organisers have announced details of the official KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon.

It will take place on the October bank holiday weekend (October 24/25), marking when thousands of runners traditionally hit the streets of Dublin. Despite the cancellation of this year’s marathon, the virtual race will ensure runners still have a goal to target. There are also options for runners to sign up for the KBC Virtual Race Series over the following distances - 4 miles, 10kms and half marathon.

Race organisers are calling on runners from across the country to complete this year’s race in their hometown. Runners can complete the distances safely and responsibly in their local area supported by the Dublin Marathon app which will record their distance and upload their time automatically.

Olympic Marathon runner Lizzie Lee said: “While nothing can beat the atmosphere and support on the streets of Dublin of the friendly marathon, the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon will be a close second. I am delighted for runners that they can stay motivated by having a goal to aim towards.”

Stephen Scullion, National Marathon champion for 2019, who is set to compete in the 2021 Olympic Games, said: “The official KBC Dublin Marathon app will be beneficial for runners, as they can track their virtual progress on the Dublin route, no matter what part of the country or world they are running in. It will be a real immersive experience for them.”

Finishers of the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon and Race Series will receive the official commemorative medal, with a beanie hat the bonus for all those who complete the marathon distance.

Marathon organisers have also worked to develop an app to support runners completing the marathon distance. The app has a built-in GPS tracking feature which automatically records your distance and time with results uploaded automatically when runners have completed their race.

Race Director Jim Aughney 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,” he added.

Each year €9 million is raised for charity by the runners in the KBC Dublin Marathon and those who sign-up 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.

Aidan Power, Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs of KBC, said: “We wanted to mark what is traditionally a big weekend in the calendar for the running community. For the many loyal runners of the KBC Dublin Marathon, we wanted to offer them an opportunity to run the marathon virtually, while the KBC Virtual Race Series offers a variety of distances for runners of all abilities to sign-up to. We launched the #RunThisTown social media campaign to showcase runners taking to their streets in their local areas during the month of May and the response was great. I am sure we will see the same enthusiasm for The KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon.”

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