29 June 2020, 7am
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
Sun 4 October 2020
This bucket-list event, returning for its 19th year, has become a long-standing staple in the UK sporting calendar.
Since the first race in 2002 the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running has been a highlight of the Highlands and is recognised as one of the most beautiful races in the world. Boasting spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience it continues to grow each year.
Inverness is the capital of the Scottish Highlands where the Festival of Running kicks off on Saturday 3 October. There is a choice of race distances for which a total of over 9400 runners signed up in 2019.
The Loch Ness Marathon provides scenic running like you’ve never experienced before. The spectacular point-to-point route flows alongside the world famous Loch. It starts in an atmospheric moorland landscape and continues through stunning Highland scenery, taking you along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness before crossing the River Ness to finish in Inverness. Expect an early but exciting start before watching the magical beauty of the Highlands unfold as you weave and undulate your way along the loch.
The Baxters River Ness 10K and Corporate Challenge acts as the little sister of the marathon and will also be taking place on the Sunday. Known for bringing out the best in runners with many of the 2500 runners achieving a PB along the flat course through the historic city of Inverness and along the banks of the picturesque River Ness. The corporate challenge brings together teams of four to six colleagues joining forces for a good cause in an inspiring setting.
There is also the Baxters River Ness 5K for those wanting a shorter distance without missing out on the scenery. Open to runners of all ages and abilities including wheelchair entrants, the 5K follows a flat route along the scenic River Ness to finish alongside other races at Bught Park, Inverness. Finally, the Wee Nessie race, open to children aged 5 and under, follows a short circular route in the enclosed Bught Park proving that there really is something for everyone.
Last year over 5200 marathon runners finished. Glorious scenery, a wide range of race distances – and a chance to spot the elusive Nessie – make this a popular event. With visitors from over 45 countries it has become a global attraction. Many international runners are already looking forward to the 20th edition on 3 October 2021.
The two-day festival promises a packed family-friendly agenda with Sports Expo, Runners Café, street food, live music, guest speakers, and kids’ activities.
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