THE ORGANISERS of today’s Dublin Marathon have apologised to race entrants who managed to finish the gruelling 42 kilometre course – only to end up without a medal.
Commemorative brass medals are traditionally handed out to anyone who completes the race, irrespective of their time or position, but many athletes finishing the course at St Stephen’s Green today were left empty-handed.
Organisers said the medal supplier had “left us short on the order of medals”, which meant stocks had been totally depleted by the time some people were finishing.
In a brief note posted to the race website, race managers said they had taken records of the race numbers of those who had been left without medals, and medals would be posted out to those people who had not been given one today.
“We realised that the finishers medal is one item that finisher cherish most and we will get the medal out as soon as we can.”
The note did not remark on how many of this year’s racers were left without medals. Organisers had expected about 10,000 entrants in this year’s race, the 33rd annual holding of the event.
Kenyan runners dominated this morning’s race, with Geoffrey Ndungu retaining his title from last year in a time of 2.11:09, while Magdalene Mukunzi took the women’s race in a time of 2:30.46.