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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Dublin Marathon cancelled for second consecutive year

The KBC Dublin Marathon has been cancelled for the second year in a row with the organisers stating that there were “too many unknowns” ahead of the event.

Race Director Jim Aughey stated, “It is with great regret that we are cancelling the KBC Dublin Marathon for the second year in a row. Despite vigorous evaluations, there are still too many unknowns to be confident that we could provide a safe event given the pure scale of the marathon.”

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Although describing the news as disappointing, Aughey stated that they have a duty to care for the runners, volunteers, suppliers and supporters.

The event, which has 25,000 participants and 200,000 supporters, sparked concerns for the organisers who stated, “We took into consideration the recent updates on modelling around Covid-19 and the immense challenges of creating a controlled, safe environment for the KBC Dublin Marathon which has a footprint of 26.2 miles with 25,000 runners and 200,000 supporters who line the streets to cheer them on.”

Aughey added that they came to a critical point in the event’s planning when a final decision needed to be made.

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Runners are still able to take part in the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon which takes place over the October Bank Holiday weekend.

All entries for this year’s event will be valid for next year’s race.

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