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5 February 2021   |   2021 Trends   |   

Sports Travel International to Sponsor Virtual Irish Runner Race Series

In 2020, the advances in technology combined with the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, lead to what can only be described as a boom in virtual racing. Some of the world’s most high profile running events such as the New York Marathon, The London Marathon and The Great North Run took to the virtual world. This trend looks set to continue in 2021, and here at Sports Travel International, Ireland’s running travel experts, we want to be right at the forefront of this new running revolution.

The Virtual Irish Runner Race Series

Athletics Ireland, Official Travel Partner Sports Travel International, will be the sponsor for the 2021 virtual editions of the Irish Runner 5k, Irish Runner 5 Mile, and Irish Runner 10 Mile.

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This will be the second edition of the Virtual Irish Runner Race Series which was enormously successful in 2020. Last year’s Virtual Irish Runner Race Series saw thousands of runners, from all around the country, take on take on the virtual 5k, 5 Mile and 10 Mile challenge, proving that, even though we can’t be together physically right now, sport still has a tremendous power to unite us all.

Sports Travel International Director of Sales and Customer Engagement, Brendan Fox  said:

“Sports Travel International are delighted to sponsor the Virtual Irish Runner Race Series. These events have always been a staple of the athletics calendar in Ireland and it’s great to see the tradition continue, even when Covid-19 restricts us from hosting the Phoenix Park events which we’ve come to know and love. Both ourselves in Sports Travel international and Athletics Ireland share a passion for running and we look forward to carrying the success of last year’s virtual events into the 2021 series.”

The new sponsorship will see Sports Tours International as title sponsor for all three Virtual Irish Runner events. The first event of the series will  be the Virtual Irish Runner 5k which will take place over the weekend of February 27th and 28th 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many rediscovering the importance of regular physical activity and the benefits of being outdoors. The Irish Runner Race Series organisers want to embrace this and have committed to having these events as free to enter with registration details available at

2021 Irish Runner Virtual Race Series Sponsored by Sports Travel international:

  • Virtual Irish Runner 5K Feb 27th and 28th
  • Virtual Irish Runner 5 Mile March 27th and 28th
  • Virtual Irish Runner 10 Mile May 29th and 30th

If you’re looking for something to help motivate you through the next few months, if you need something to aim for or focus on, or if you want a home event to help you prepare for a forthcoming Sports Travel International tour, join us and Athletics Ireland, at the Irish Runner Virtual Race Series 2021!

Register here for the Irish Runner Virtual Race Series.

About Sports Travel International

Sports Travel International are the official Irish tour operator for all of the World Marathon Majors and for many other international running events, including popular and unique 5ks, 10ks, half and full marathons around the world. Sports Travel International can GUARANTEE your entry into running events worldwide, on an entry only basis, or as part of their tour packages.

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