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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Marathon lottery could leave thousands sidelined

Marathon runners this year. Photo: Collins
Marathon runners this year. Photo: Collins

Thousands of runners who have entered a lottery to enter next year's KBC Dublin City Marathon face an anxious wait to see if they have secured a place on the starting blocks.

This follows marathon organisers confirming that around 16,100 places have already been snapped up for next October's event by runners who were granted priority access.

The marathon for this year was expanded to become the largest ever at 22,500, and if organisers keep it at the same level for next year's event, it will mean that there will be only 6,400 places for the lottery entrants.

Last month, marathon organisers announced that entrance to Dublin City Marathon 2020 would be via a lottery as a way of dealing with the soaring demand.

Guarantees

However, on October 31, marathon organisers announced that due to concerns raised by the changes, runners who have competed in this year's event, last year's and the 2017 race would be guaranteed entry.

Entries opened on Friday November 1 for entries to next year's marathon and by November 5, 16,100 places had been snapped up.

Race Director, Jim Aughney admitted yesterday that the 16,100 is "higher than we expected".

"It goes to show how valued an entry into the KBC Dublin Marathon has become. It's heartwarming to us as organisers to see the demand continue to grow.

"The lottery closes at the end of the month and we also need to discuss with gardai and the city about what number we can take next year. Until all that happens, we don't know exact numbers."

Asked if organisers will be expanding the marathon beyond the 22,500, Mr Aughney said: "It's too early to say."

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