- The 2020 London Marathon will be a virtual race for the masses.
- For the 40th edition of the race, runners can clock 26.2 miles within a 24 hour period on Sunday 4 October.
- Today, runners who did not have a spot in the race have the chance to sign up to run.
If you fancy taking on a virtual marathon this October and would love to add the commemorative 40th edition London Marathon medal to your collection, we’ve got good news. Today, runners who did not have a place in the London Marathon can sign up to take part in the virtual race.
Runners all over the world have the entire day to clock their 26.2 miles, whether they are walking, running or jogging. There will be a special London Marathon app created for the day, where runners will need to upload their times in order to receive their medal and finisher’s t-shirt. The app will also feature iconic race commentary and words of wisdom from some famous faces to bring the experience to life.
How do I sign up?
Runners who already had a place in the 2020 London Marathon have already been emailed to sign up to the virtual race, but now organisers have opened up the opportunity to runners who didn’t. You can sign up now on the London Marathon website. The places are being offered on a first come, first served basis and are expected to sell out, so don’t hang around!
How much does it cost?
The cost of the entry into the race is £20 for UK participants and £25 for overseas participants. This includes the postage and packaging costs involved with getting you your finishers medal and New Balance t-shirt.
How should I record my run?
All participants will be required to show virtual evidence of their run, so make sure you record it on a training app like Strava or Mapmyrun. Runners will then need to upload this onto the London Marathon app.
Further evidence will need to be supplied for runners looking to qualify for a Good for Age or Championship entry in 2021. Further details will be given on this on 31 August.
How should I plot my route?
London Marathon organisers are urging runners not to try and run the London Marathon route on the day, but to be creative in plotting their own virtual marathon. When it comes to selecting your route, try and find one that is as traffic-free as possible. Make sure you’ve got enough water and fuel to run the distance and if you’re going for a PB, perhaps ask a friend to pace you for all or parts of the run.
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