Switching to Virtual Race
Dear DWMRT supporter,
We have waited as long as possible to see if the public health situation improved enough for us to host Run The Line (RTL) 2020 as planned. We have scrutinised the guidance from the government at every opportunity, including the recent framework 'Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021:Plan for Living with Covid-19'.
It is clear to us now that hosting a large scale event in Glencullen Adventure Park (GAP) not only goes against the most recent government advice, but also puts members of the public, our supporters and volunteers at increased risk. This is something we simply cannot do.
Instead, we intend to host RTL as a 'virtual' race. Everyone can compete from their own locality, and run the race along city streets, country lanes, mountain tracks, seafronts, or any other myriad places where we all go to clear our minds, fill our lungs, and push our bodies to the limit. Participants in our virtual race will receive a T-shirt once they have sent their time for the race. Remember, the distance can be split up over a number of runs!
Check out https://www.rtl.ie for more information on our virtual event.
As you have already signed up to the race, the following options are available to you:
Cancel registration and receive a refund
Switch to the virtual option and receive a refund for the difference
Switch to the virtual option and donate the difference - we would very much appreciate the support
Do nothing and your entry will be donated to the mountain rescue team
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org between now and midnight on Sunday October 4th with "Run the Line 2020" in the subject line and the option you wish to take in the main body of the email.
Partial refunds will be issued to those that request them when switching to Virtual w/c October 5th. Full refunds will be processed within 24 hours of receipt of your request and should be back in your account between 5-7 days after the request"
Once again, our apologies for having to make this decision, we know how much these events mean to you all, then mean the same to us! However, the safety of us all is the only priority at the moment. Hopefully the situation will improve enough for us to return to the GAP next year.
We look forward to seeing some good times posted for our virtual race, and to seeing you all in person in 2021!
The RTL team.
ABOUT THE DUBLIN & WICKLOW MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM
The Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) has its origins in An Oige MRT, one of the earliest mountain rescue teams in Ireland, formed in the 1960s. A core group of the current DWMRT, who were active in the An Oige team, have been providing a rescue service in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains for almost 40 years. The team is an entirely voluntary service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our main area of operations is the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, but we also cover as far as the Cooley Mountains in Co. Louth, and will on occasion travel to other parts of the country when requested to back up fellow mountain rescue teams and the Gardaí.
Team members come from all walks of life, e.g. outdoors instructors, doctors, paramedics, engineers and farmers to name a few. They all have one thing in common, and that is their selfless desire to help others in need. The team has four vehicles, and is currently situated in two locations in the village of Roundwood; the Garda station which acts as a base for our first response vehicles, and a temporary depot where we house all our equipment stores, and conduct training sessions.
This year, our fundraising focus is aimed at supporting our continuing efforts to finally have a home that is purpose-built for the needs of a very busy rescue team (82 in 2017!). It needs to be somewhere we can train, store essential gear and equipment, and can also act as a base from which we can coordinate search and rescue operations. The team will be out in full force in Glencullen Adventure Park, and along the route, helping to ensure that ‘Run the Line’ is an enjoyable and safe event for all participants and their supporters!