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Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

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With spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is quite possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world. Theres fun for the whole family over a number of distances so come for the weekend and enjoy this festival of running.

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.

The route then turns left onto 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
    1. Finisher’s technical t-shirt
    2. Finisher’s medal
    3. Prizes for age and category winners
    4. Goody bag
    5. Post-race food
    6. Chip-timing
    7. Complimentary post-race food
    8. Downloadable finisher's certificate
    9. Water and HIGH5 hydration stations
    10. HIGH5 feed stations
    11. Coach transport to marathon start
    12. Baggage transfer from start to finish
    13. Fantastic Festival at the finish
Raceday Logistics



10:00 - 18:00 Registration open

10:00 – 18:00 Runners Cafe & Sports Expo open at Bught Park (free entry)


09:00 – 16:00 Event Village open to public

10:00 Start of Baxters Loch Ness Marathon

10:00 Start of Baxters River Ness 5K in Bught Park

10:15 Start of Wee Nessie in Bught Park

10:15 5K winner expected

10:45 Start of Baxters River Ness 10K / Corporate Challenge

11:10 10K winner expected

12:15 Marathon winner expected

12:45 Baxters River Ness 10K / Corporate Challenge Presentation

14:00 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon Presentation

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

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.
Are dogs allowed?
Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on the course.
Are buggies and pushchairs allowed in any of the races?
For safety reasons, buggies and pushchairs are not permitted in the marathon or 10K. Buggies are allowed in the 5K and are also welcome in the Wee Nessie, which is for pre-school age children (5 and under).
Are there showers and changing facilities?
Yes, there are showers and changing facilities available at the event.
Is there an age requirement to enter any of the events?
You must be 18 and over to enter the marathon, 15 and over to enter the 10k, there is no age requirement for the 5k, and children must be 5&U to enter the Wee Nessie.
How do I get my race number?
Race numbers are allocated for all races after the entry closing date, and will be posted on our website. All runners will be advised of this and how to collect their race pack by email.



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