Baxters Loch Ness Marathon
Inverness, Highland CouncilBught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ, UK
Sun 1st October 2023
Starting at 10:00
And if marathons aren’t your thing, there’s also the Baxters River Ness 10K and 5K, both races follow a flat route alongside the river in Inverness and are perfect for PB chasers and first timers alike, plus the 10K Corporate Challenge for teams of 4-6 from the same workplace and a Wee Nessie kids' race.
The area is steeped in history, home to castles, misty mountains and, of course, the Loch Ness Monster. With a choice of race distances and festival atmosphere, including an Expo, Runners Cafe, live music, street food and kids activities, the Festival of Running has something for everyone.
Don’t just take our word for it.... "The Loch Ness Marathon was my first every marathon and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life . Don't just think about it... do it!" 2021 Runner
The Festival of Running kicks off on Saturday 1st October with registration, an Expo for all those last minute running essentials and a Runners Cafe where you can grab some street food, join BBC Scotland's Bryan Burnett for a series of Q&A sessions with running experts or chill and chat with other runners listening to live music. Open at the Event Village, 10am-6pm.
On race day all marathon runners are transported by coach to the marathon start. The route follows a spectacular point to point course alongside beautiful Loch Ness to finish in Inverness. Don't forget to look out for Nessie!
The finish line is at the Event Village in Inverness where you will be greeted by pipes and drums, live music, street food, kids activities and lots more.
- Finisher's technical t-shirt
- Finisher's medal
- Fantastic finisher's goody bag
- Water stations & gel stations
- Post-race Baxters soup and roll
- Water & High5 energy gel stations
- Coach transport to marathon start
- Chip timing
- Fantastic range of trophies and cash/voucher prizes for top 5 and age categories
The Marathon starts on the high ground between Fort Augustus and Foyers (B862) and drops down to the banks of Loch Ness at Foyers (B852). From there, the route follows the loch’s south eastern shore, heading north east towards Dores on the northern tip of the loch. From Dores, the race heads directly into the centre of Inverness (B862), turning left over the main road bridge and left again for the last half mile along the River Ness to the finish at Bught Park in the centre of Inverness.See course map & profile here
Where to stay, how to get here and activities and attractions while here
There is a wide variety of accommodation to suit all budgets in Inverness and around Loch Ness although we recommend you book soon as it does get booked up in advance for race weekend.Plan your trip
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