Friday 30 September 2016

Dublin Marathon organisers extends capacity due to overwhelming demand

Published 16/08/2016 | 11:27

Competitors at the start-line to begin 2015’s SSE Airtricity Dublin marathon
Competitors at the start-line to begin 2015’s SSE Airtricity Dublin marathon

The annual SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon has extended its race capacity by 2,000 places to cope with the overwhelming demand.

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Last week, organisers announced that registration had closed as 17,500 people signed up to take part in the annual event.

Organisers had already increased the race capacity by 2,000 places earlier this summer, but have additionally added a further 2,000 spots for runners to take part in the race this September.

Despite the additional places added, the spots will be primarily allocated to runners who have already placed themselves on the waiting list for the event.

A statement released by marathon organisers today said: “Following consultation with the relevant authorities, we're delighted to announce that we will be increasing our SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon race capacity from 17,500 to 19,500 in order to cater for the increase in demand this year.

“The 2,000 entries will be allocated to participants registered on our Marathon waiting list and we will be contacting everyone on Wednesday 31st August.”

This year’s race has seen an unprecedented interest, as runners prepare to kick off near Fitzwilliam Square in the city on October 26.

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