Fresh off its biggest and possibly best iteration, the organisers of the KBC Dublin Marathon have announced an important change to the registration process for next year's running. A lottery system will be instituted for the first time to cope with the phenomenal demand for places.
Importantly, the lottery window will open this week, on Friday November 1. It will close on November 30. So if you're eager to run Dublin in 2020, you'll have to declare your interest soon!
There will be a €15 fee for people entering the lottery. This fee will be refunded if you are not successful in registering. If you are successful in the lottery, you will receive notification between January 3-10. You'll then have until January 31 to accept your place. Places that are not accepted will be reallocated to unsuccessful lottery entrants.
“Many races that have more interested runners than they can accommodate have moved to a lottery registration system in recent years. Demand for the Dublin Marathon has never been greater, and we believe the lottery is the fairest system to offer all runners the same opportunity to participate,” said Jim Aughney, race director.
Lottery systems are used in many of the world's biggest marathons, like New York and Chicago.
The 40th edition of the Dublin Marathon featured an extra 2,500 places for runners and organisers still found that they could not satisfy the demand of interested runners.
A final window of unallocated places will open up in the first week of July.
You'll find all of the info you need about registering for the 2020 KBC Dublin Marathon here.