Dublin Marathon organisers "optimistic" event may go ahead

Dublin Marathon organisers "optimistic" event may go ahead

ONE OF Dublin's biggest events of the year may still be going ahead.

The Dublin Marathon organisers are "quietly confident" that the event may go ahead later this year.

Plans are currently being put in place for the event to take place in Dublin at some point in October.

Race organisers have set a deadline of 25 June for when a decision on the fate of the Dublin Marathon will be announced, with a lot of dependancy being placed on whether or not the vaccination rollout goes successfully across the country.

Race director Jim Aughney said: "We are still working towards holding the 2021 KBC Dublin Marathon in October.

"The detailed planning by the organising committee is on-going and we continue to engage with the relevant authorities.

"We wanted to be transparent with runners to let them know the date we will make the final decision while also offering runners who have not secured a place, an option to enter our virtual marathon.

"We are making the final decision as late as possible so we can review the state of play while also ensuring we can start the critical event management needed to provide the quality of race for runners that we pride ourselves on delivering."

He continued: "Vaccination is key. The one thing I suppose, the unknown for us, will be the spectators. Again the vaccine is going to be key for that, to get everybody vaccinated and if that is the case, we’re still hopeful that we can run an event."

Fingers crossed that the brilliant event can go ahead in some capacity.