The 2021 London Marathon is Open for Virtual Entries – Aims for 100,000 Runners

Written by Charlie

The 2021 London Marathon is now open for virtual runners! They are aiming for a total of 100,000 runners and this could fill quickly so check it out!

Right now, the 2021 London Marathon has opened up for virtual entries. This is on a first-come-first-served basis so if you want a chance to earn the London Marathon medal and be a part of potential history, act quickly!

2021 London Marathon Open for Virtual Entries

Link: 2021 London Marathon Entry

2020 saw record cancellations for the marathon circuit around the world – but it also saw a creation of the “virtual” marathon that still spurred people to get outside and run that 26.2 miles. They could be anywhere in the world and still earn the marathon medal from their chosen race. It gave something to look forward to and a reason to keep training.

The London Marathon is trying to take all that was learned and go for a world-record 100,000 runners in their actual and virtual marathon on marathon day, October 3, 2021. Here is what you need to know.

You have to run the actual 26.2 miles on October 3, 2021, this is not like other marathons where you can run any day you want. The time zone it is based on is London, you cannot start until 12:01am BST (5 hours ahead of NYC time) and you have to finish by 11:59PM BST that same day.

The cost is £28 plus £10 for international runners to cover postage. This equates to about $39 for the entry and an additional $13 for the postage. That is not that bad considering it costs many times that to run the actual marathon and you will still get a medal and race shirt sent after the race is completed.

This run has to be done outdoors, no treadmill allowed! Get outside and get the miles in! This year, there will be 50,000 runners on the actual course and a limit of 50,000 runners doing it virtually from around the world. This will make a new record, improving on the record that the 37,000+ runners set last year for a virtual event on one day. This only makes sense as the London Marathon is the queen of record-setting attempts!

Bottom Line

The 2021 London Marathon will be hosting 50,000 runners on the actual course this October 3 as well as an additional 50,000 runners doing it virtually at the same time! I will be signing up as I enjoy the various medals that are designed and will be running marathon distances anyway so this gives me a nice goal to shoot for on October 3. Will you run as well?

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.