The organisers of the KBC Dublin Marathon have announced a record 25,000 people will take part this year.
That's an increase of 2,500 from the 22,500 entries available in 2019.
However it won't be enough to meet demand. The new lottery system has revealed that there are over 35,000 interested in participating in the 2020 event.
16,200 entries have been received from runners who had participated in any of the 2017, 2018 & 2019 editions of the event, who were guaranteed a place in this year's race.
1,000 entries are allocated to sponsors and tour operators, with a further 1,300 allocated to “Good for Age” Athletics Ireland membership in addition to the 16,100 lottery applications, bringing the overall estimated demand to 35,000.
6,500 successful lottery applicants will today receive their code and will have until 31st January to claim their entry. There will be a second round of allocations in February.
Race Director, Jim Aughney said;
“We know that there will be many runners disappointed today, but we cannot accommodate all interested individuals as we pride ourselves on delivering a quality event as the health and safety of participants is our primary concern. However, given that we now have an indication of the overall interest levels in participation, this will allow us to have meaningful conversations with our many stakeholders around the future and further development of the KBC Dublin Marathon.”