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Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

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The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is quite possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world. With spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience – it’s no wonder it was voted in the top 10 UK marathons by Runner’s World readers in 2016 and is on the bucket list for many runners from around the world.

“Breathtakingly beautiful”, “friendly atmosphere”, “flawless organisation”, “felt like a festival not just a race” are just some of the comments we had from our runners in 2016 so why not come and experience it for yourself?

The Loch Ness Marathon follows a spectacular point-to-point route alongside world famous Loch Ness, starting in an atmospheric moorland setting and continues through stunning Highland scenery, taking you along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, to finish in Inverness, capital city of the Highlands.

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, kids’ activities and a Wee Nessie for under-5s.

How to enter the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

  1. Marathon

    Run 40.2km
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  2. 10K

    Run 10km
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  3. 5k

    Run 5km
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  4. Corporate Team Challenge

    Run 10km
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  5. Wee Nessie Under 5s Race

    Run 0.4km
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Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running routes

The Marathon:

The Marathon will start on the high ground between Fort Augustus and Foyers (B862) and will drop 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.

The 10K:

The Start is on Culduthel Avenue (near junction with Culduthel Road B681).  From the Start, the route travels up Culduthel Road turning right on to the Southern Distributor Road and continuing on the Southern Distributor Road before turning left on to Essich Road and turning right down Torbreck Road before arriving at the t-junction on the Dores Road (B862).  (From Torbreck Road/ B862 junction, the route follows same route as the Loch Ness Marathon to the Finish).  Turning right onto Dores road, the route continues along the same road directly into the heart of Inverness, turning left into Cavell Gardens, following Ness Bank and Castle Road and turning left over main town road bridge, and left again immediately after the bridge into Ness Walk.  The route continues along the edge of the River Ness to the Finish at the Bught Park in the centre of Inverness.

The 5K:

The route starts at the Bught Park and does a loop near the park before crossing over ‘the Islands’ and following Ness Bank into the heart of Inverness.  Runners will turn left over the main town road bridge and left again immediately after the bridge into Ness Walk. The route continues along the edge of the River Ness before finishing at the Bught Park.

The Wee Nessie:

The Wee Nessie follows a short route of approx 800m around Bught Park allowing children to run, jog or toddle at their own pace. Buggies are welcome too!

Event Details

What’s Included

Your Entry Fee Includes:

    1. Finisher’s technical t-shirt
    2. Finisher’s medal
    3. Goody bag
    4. Post-race food
    5. Electronic timing
    6. Downloadable finisher’s certificate
    7. Highland Spring water and hydration stations along the route
    8. Feed stations along the route
    9. Coach transport to marathon start
    10. Baggage transfer from start to finish
    11. Fantastic Festival at the finish

The marathon is open to runners aged 18 and over on the day of the race.

Raceday Logistics

Pre-race registration for Marathon takes place 10.00-18.00 on Saturday 5 October at Event Village, Bught Park, Inverness, IV3 5SQ.

All marathon runners must collect their race pack (including timing tag and baggage label). Please ensure you bring photo ID with you.

All marathon runners are transported by bus to the marathon start from outside the Ice Rink at Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ (located a 10-minute walk from the Event Village).  Please arrive by 07.15 at the latest.

There are pick-ups from Drumnadrochit Village Car Park at 08.15 and from Fort Augustus Village Car Park at 08.40.

There are picks up from the following locations along south Loch Ness:

  • 07.30 Dores (opposite Dores Inn)
  • 07.45 Inverfarigaig – juncion of Inverfarigaig Pass/B852
  • 07.55 Lower Foyers junction with B852
  • 08.00 Foyers Stores
  • 08.15 Junction of B862 & B852
  • 08.25 Whitebridge Hotel

There is loads going on in the Event Village (free entry) during the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running for both runners and spectators alike, including a pre-race Pasta Party, Sports Expo, Baxters Food & Drink Fayre, pipe bands, live music and kids’ activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there toilets on the course?
Yes, portable toilets are located at the event village as well as at water stations along the route.
Are you allowed to run with headphones during the Baxters Loch Ness marathon?
No, headphones are not allowed at any races adhering to Scottish and UK Athletics rules.
Will there be photographers at the event?
Yes there will be official race photographers, with photos available to buy within 72 hours of the race finishing.

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