A combination of a record number of entries across all events for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, faster times in prospect for all events and the introduction of a new event village with attractions for runners and spectators makes this Sunday’s event one not to be missed.
The largest entry field in the Festival’s history will see well over 8,600 runners from 41 countries travelling to the Highlands for the UK’s most scenic marathon, which is expected to generate significant economic benefit for the local area over the weekend. Over £660,000 was raised for charity through last year’s event, the biggest participatory sporting event north of the Central Belt.
Runners and spectators at this year’s Festival will join the celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink through the addition of the Baxters Highland Food and Drink Fayre in the Bught Park. Hot garlic bread, steaming bowls of delicious soup, roasting pig, local venison, salmon on bagels and locally brewed beer, and cooking demonstrations by Baxters Head Chef David King, are just some of the treats on offer for spectator and runners alike.
Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy free entry into the event village to cheer on the runners crossing the finish line for all events including the Marathon, the River Ness 10K, 10K Corporate Challenge, the 5K Fun Run and, for the first time this year, the Wee Nessie. A packed programme of activities and entertainment throughout the day has something for all ages and features live music from Feis Rois, pipes and drums, Highland dancing display, climbing wall, bouncy castles and face painting, as well as charity and sports retailer stands.