For the second year in a row the traditional Cork City Marathon has been scuppered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Instead, the annual event will take place virtually tomorrow.
Back in March, Cork City Council said that every possible option was explored before coming to the decision to go virtual in the interest of runners, spectators, volunteers, medics, and suppliers.
Announcing the decision, race director, Adrienne Rodgers, said that it has been the council's “pride and joy” to host thousands of runners from home and abroad on race day since 2007 and that they were “very disappointed not to be in a position to do so again this year”.
Whilst she said the virtual event would not "replace the elation of race day" it was hoped that the event would give people "a focus, to work safely towards a shared date".
The Cork City Marathon was revived by Cork City Council in 2007 after a break of 21 years.
It reflected a growing interest or a rekindling of interest in road running that had peaked in the mid-1980s but had waned in the intervening years.
One of the innovations in the Cork City Marathon was the inclusion of a Team Relay challenge, with teams of between two and five members combining to cover the 26.2 mile distance.
In 2013, a Youth Team Relay was introduced, providing an opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 18 to participate in what is one of the most challenging and rewarding sporting and personal achievements.
Rewinding 25 years before Cork City Council recommenced the marathon there was much excitement in Cork ahead of the inaugural sporting event in 1982, as onearticle highlighted.
"On Easter Monday the big local attraction is the Adidas Cork City Marathon which will be run over a course embracing the city and suburbs.
"The popularity of marathon running can be seen by the great success of the Dublin City Marathon in recent years.
"Monday will be the first time that a Cork City marathon will be held.
"The organising committee has been hard at work on the venture for months past and it is certain that it will attract thousands of spectators on to the streets and roads to witness the big cavalcade of hundreds of runners," the article from April 7 stated.
The next Cork City Marathon is scheduled to take place on June 5, 2022.