2020 Race Update

#RunYourTown, KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon Announced

Dublin Marathon organisers have today announced details of the official KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon. It will take place on the October bank holiday weekend, 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 to sign up the KBC Virtual Race Series distances; 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.” He added: “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.

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.”

Finishers of the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon and Race Series will receive the official commemorative medal, with the much sought-after 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.

Stephen Scullion, National Marathon Champion 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.”

Aidan Power Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, KBC said “Working with the Dublin Marathon organisers, we wanted to support what is traditionally a big weekend in the calendar for the running community. For the many loyal and new runners of the KBC Dublin Marathon, we wanted to offer them an opportunity to run the marathon safely and virtually in their local area. We launched the #RunThisTown social media campaign to support runners taking to their streets safely 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.”

Existing runners in the database for the KBC Dublin Marathon and Race Series will receive an email today (Monday the 13th of July) with an opportunity to sign-up. While entries for the public will be open on Wednesday 15th of July at noon on kbcdublinmarathon.ie. Entry closes on Friday 24th of July.)

What day can I run the virtual races?

Entrants can run the events on the October bank holiday weekend, Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th October.

Can I enter multiple races?

The advice from the race organisers is for those who wish to do more than one event, to do the 4 Mile and 10km only with a day rest in-between them.

If I enter the marathon, can I run another distance on the day?

No, the race you have entered is the distance you must cover on the day.

I have entered the 2020 KBC Dublin Marathon/Race Series why do I have to pay for the virtual run?

An entry fee is charged for the virtual races as all entries for the 2020 KBC Dublin Marathon, and the Race Series are valid for the 2021 races.

Why is the 10 mile not included in the race series?

We will be announcing details in coming weeks about a virtual 10 mile to be run on the same date as the scheduled Frank Duffy 10 mile on Saturday the 29th August.

How can you ensure that virtual races are run safely?

We are urging all those who sign up to be responsible and safe in adhering to Covid-19 restrictions and will be offering specific guidance and advice to runners closer to the date of the races.

What is the entry fee?

The KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon entry fee is €15 plus postage for beanie plus medal.  The KBC Virtual Race Series: Half Marathon, 10km and 4 Mile entry fee is €12 plus postage for the medal.

Entries:

Existing runners in the database for the KBC Dublin Marathon and Race Series will receive an email Monday 13th July with an opportunity to sign-up. While entries for the public will be open on Wednesday 15th July at noon on kbcdublinmarathon.ie. Entry closes on midnight Friday 24th July.

Why do I have to pay the same entry fee for 4 Mile as the Half Marathon?

The set-up cost for these events is similar as well as the merchandise on offer for the finishers enabling us to offer the same entry fee for all events in the KBC Virtual Race Series.

How is my distance tracked?

You need to download the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon app, which has a built-in GPS tracking feature that will automatically record your distance, pace and time. You must run with your phone to have your results uploaded automatically to the results.

How does the App work?

Entrants can run the events over the following days, Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th October. Runners must download the Dublin Marathon app to your Android or iPhone device to record the time and distance. On race day runners select the KBC Virtual race they have entered, bring their phone with them, and it will track progress on the virtual event route and record their time and distance. Supporters can follow runners by downloading the app and by searching their name on the tracker

Do I have to run with my phone?

Yes, you firstly need to download the Dublin Marathon app which has a built-in GPS tracking feature that will automatically map and record your distance, pace and time. Then you must run with your phone to have your results uploaded automatically.

There will be an upload option on “Manage My Booking” in Eventmaster. This time will be included in overall rankings and appear as a manual entry. Uploads must be completed by 26th of October to be included in the result. We would however highly recommend that runners use the App to gain the virtual race experience of tracking yourself over the marathon route.

Can I upload my time with proof of time and distance such as include GPS watch, phone app like mapmyrun, strava. Instead of using app?

There will be an upload option on “Manage My Booking” in Eventmaster. This time will be included in overall rankings and appear as a manual entry. Uploads must be completed by 26th of October to be included in the result. We would however highly recommend that runners use the App to gain the virtual race experience of tracking yourself over the marathon route.

Do I have to complete the entire virtual race distance all at once?

Yes, like a race, you cannot break up the distance you need to complete in one go.

When do I receive my finisher medal?

Your finisher medal will be sent after you have completed your race. Please allow 2 weeks for postage.

I do not live in Ireland; can I still register for an event?

Of course! We encourage everyone to register.

Does the virtual run challenge offer refunds?

Unfortunately, we do not offer refunds on virtual registrations

Can I run the races on a treadmill?

If you do not want the Virtual Race Route experience you can upload time after the event.

Can our club run the races together?

Runners are urged to be responsible & safe and adhere to Covid-19 restrictions that are in place on the October Bank Holiday weekend

Can runners run on the Dublin Marathon route?

Runners are urged not to run on the Dublin Marathon route, to be responsible & safe and adhere to Covid-19 restrictions that are in place on the October Bank Holiday weekend.

Can I record my run indoors?

No, you need to complete the distance outdoors for the GPS tracker to be activated

Does any of the entry fee go to charity?

The KBC Dublin Marathon is run by a volunteer board under the auspices of Marathon Events Management DAC, a not for profit company, the entry fee for the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon covers the cost of organising the event. It does not include a charitable donation, however we would encourage entrants to raise funds for their chosen charity. Each year runners in the Dublin Marathon raise €9 million for charities 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.

Where can I complete my Virtual Run?

You should plan your run route before starting your event. The run should only be completed on footpaths/pathways or also on paths within public parks. Runners are urged not to run on the Dublin Marathon route, to be responsible & safe and adhere to Covid-19 restrictions that are in place on the October Bank Holiday weekend.

Can I get a race number to wear for the virtual race?

As this is a virtual run, we will not be offering downloadable race numbers. We feel it is is important that runners are responsible & safe and in no way treat this as a traditional race.

Why are there only 2 weeks to enter?

This is to ensure we have medals ordered in time for all runners who have entered.

What is the minimum age to take part?

You must be over the age of 18 to take part in events over 10K. Those aged over 16 can run the 4 Mile event.

 

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