For the second yr operating organisers of the Dublin Marathon have been pressured to cancel the occasion outright given the nonetheless “many unknowns” round out of doors mass participation occasions for the remainder of the yr.
After exploring a number of choices as to what actual form and type the 2021 occasion could tackle the October Bank Holiday weekend, the choice to cancel outright was made on Wednesday morning, lower than 4 months out from the race date of Sunday October twenty fourth.
While all the time unlikely to be the total 25,000 sell-out entry of runners initially signed up upfront of the 2020 version, postponed in May of final yr as a result of Covid-19, there was nonetheless some hope and expectation a extra restricted entry will get the go forward.
However Jim Aughney, the race director, stated they have been left with little selection however to cancel outright: “It is with great regret that we are cancelling the Dublin Marathon for the second year in a row,” he stated. “Despite vigorous evaluations, there are nonetheless too many unknowns to be assured that we may present a protected occasion given the pure scale of the marathon.
“We have a duty of care to the runners, volunteers, suppliers and supporters. This will be extremely disappointing news for all participants entered. We want to thank them for their continued support.”
All entries for the 2021 Dublin Marathon shall be legitimate for the 2022 race. For those that don’t want to avail of this, a full refund choice shall be accessible.
Aughney added: “We have come to a critical point in our event planning when a final decision needed to be made. We took into consideration the recent updates on modelling around Covid-19 and the immense challenges of creating a controlled, safe environment for the 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.”
Runners can nonetheless enter and participate within the digital Dublin Marathon over the October Bank Holiday weekend; Saturday twenty third, Sunday twenty fourth and Monday the twenty fifth. The refund window opens right this moment, Wednesday seventh of July and can shut at midnight on Saturday July thirty first. The refund shall be accessible on “manage my bookings” by way of Event Master.
With a number of different big-city marathons already declaring revised race plans from the spring to this coming autumn, Dublin’s date of Sunday October twenty fourth was additionally thought-about sufficiently far forward to imagine the close to full vaccination of the inhabitants. However, there was nonetheless prone to be restrictions round social distancing, even at out of doors occasions, and the variety of abroad runners, which have been set to make up round 20 per cent of the unique 25,000 runners.
That choice to first postpone the 2020 occasion, introduced in May of that yr, allowed for all entries to be carried over to this October, or the choice of a refund: with simply 10 per cent taking over that refund choice there’ll solely be restricted further entries, if any.
The postponement of the 2020 Dublin Marathon additionally meant there was no National Marathon Championship final yr, scheduled to happen inside the occasion, all these entries additionally transferred to this October. It stays to be seen if Athletics Ireland will organise a nationwide marathon for 2021.
The Boston Marathon, usually held in April and with over 30,000 runners from all around the world, introduced plans for a restricted 20,000-entry race on October eleventh, as has New York (November seventh), Chicago (October tenth), Berlin (September twenty sixth) and Tokyo (October seventeenth) The London Marathon, additionally historically held in April, is now set for October third, the organisers there opening up 50,000 entries, most of which have been determined by lottery, a rise of greater than 7,000 on the earlier finisher document.