The Streets of Portlaoise 5km Road Race will not proceed in 2020.
The race, which was traditionally takes place on St Patrick’s Day, was postponed at the time due to Coronavirus.
But now, organisers have taken the decision to cancel the event altogether for 2020 and hope to come back in 2021.
They said: “As we continue to learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic and monitor the national situation, the race committee have come to a critical decision point.
“As this unprecedented global crisis unfolds in the coming weeks and months, it is vitally important to us that everyone is safe.
“We want to ensure we do not put anyone at risk and make certain that we are not contributing to the further spread of the virus.
“Therefore, we conclude this can only be achieved by cancelling the 2020 Streets of Portlaoise.
“This decision has been incredibly difficult and comes only through intense consultation and discussion. We have reviewed all alternative options and postponing again is not viable.
“We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back to Portlaoise on St Patrick’s Day in 2021.”
As the event was cancelled quite late, the weekend before its scheduled date, a large amount of costs had already been incurred in relation to the race, including the costs of the medals and t-shirts.
With that in mind, organisers are offering the following options to runners:
1 – Deferred entry to 2021. In this instance you do not have to do anything. Your fee is held by the club, set against our costs and your entry automatically rolls forward to 2021
2 – Full refund. This option is available until lunchtime on Friday, May 15th. To avail of a refund, please respond directly to email@example.com
Organisers concluded: “In relation to those of you that have purchased t-Shirts, you will have the option to have it posted out to you, or to pick up locally if that suits. We will be in touch around those plans at a later date.
“Many thanks for your understanding, and we’ll see you in 2021.”