Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

Inverness, Highland, Scotland

Organiser's Description

With breathtaking scenery along the shores of Loch Ness, varied distances and a festival atmosphere, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running has something for everyone. With over 8000 runners expected in 2019, why not make a Highland weekend of it and come with family or friends? There’s plenty to entertain runners and spectators over the weekend with a free Sports Expo, Baxters Food & Drink Fayre, live music, and kids’ activities. And if marathons aren’t your thing, there’s also the Baxters River Ness 10k, a Corporate Challenge, 5k and Wee Nessie for under 5s.


26.2 miles, 10 km, 5 km

What times does the Loch Ness Marathon start?

The Loch Ness Marathon 2019 starts at 10:00 am on Sunday the 6th October.

Can I take part wearing headphones?

Under Scottish and UK Athletics rules wearing headphones is not permitted in the marathon or any of the other races during the festival of running. The event organisers do, however, permit runners to use bone conductor headphones as long as they can still hear marshalls instructions and fellow runners.

What’s included?

The Loch Ness Marathon entry fee includes:

  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Finisher’s Technical T-Shirt
  • A Goody Bag
  • Timing Chip and Results
  • Post-Race Food

Will I receive my race pack before the event?

Entrants in the marathon can collect their race pack the day before the event (5th October) at the event village as part of pre-registration. This takes place between 10am and 6pm with entrants requiring photo ID to collect their packs.

Are there hydration points on the marathon course?

There are hydration points approximately every three miles throughout the course.

Can I run in fancy dress?

Absolutely, but make sure that your costume doesn’t inhibit your ability to run safely or endanger your fellow runners. The event reserves the right to prevent participation if your costume breaks these guidelines.

Will there be any traffic?

The marathon is a closed road event until around 16:00 pm on the day giving runners the best chance to achieve their personal bests!

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