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An adventure like no other, Escape the City will see challengers travelling by foot 40+ miles from Edinburgh to Glasgow, or Glasgow to Edinburgh to reach the escape zone in 14 hours. Plot your own route or use the recommended one, rest at safezones, and avoid patrols and zombies along the way.

Escape The City routes

In this simulated escape scenario, political upheaval, the breakdown of law and order, and the arrival of a zombie virus, has caused civilization to collapse. Under martial law, the country is now divided into infected no go areas, and oppressive restrictions on the remaining secure areas. No one is allowed to leave. You have heard of a safehaven. You just need to get there.

There is only one goal of this event: Survive and get to the Safehaven. Along the way you will need to avoid patrols, zombies, and no go zones.

Ultra:

The two safehavens and start/end points are Strathclyde Country Park in Glasgow, and Dalkeith Country Park in Edinburgh, and that is all you know. Participants can choose to start in either one, and must make their way to three safe zones along the way to fuel up, get first aid, and find friendly travellers; you will be given a suggested route but you can choose your own way to get there, but must take into consideration the no go zones that you must avoid.

The most direct route is 42 miles, traversing roads and track across country. If you wish to take roads only, you will travel a longer 45 miles. You must travel by foot.

Those looking for a greater challenge, you can take on the Double. Starting in Dalkeith Country Park in Edinburgh only, participants will run via the Glasgow escape zone in Strathclyde Country Park then look back to the start in under 24 hours.

Marathon:

From the two safehavens of Strathclyde Country Park or Dalkeith Country Park, escapees will be bussed out 26.2 miles and dropped at an undisclosed location. From there, they will follow a set route back to the finish at the safehaven of choice, avoiding the no go zones and patrols along the way.

Toddler Trail Run:

There will be Toddler Trail Runs at both escape zone sites for children up to age 5, with obstacles to tackle at their own pace. Entry to these will be available on the day for £2.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Survivor's Medal & Buff
  • Refreshments at Safezone Checkpoints
  • Soup & Roll at Finish
  • Tracker
  • Goody Bag
  • Suggested route
  • Special Medals and Finisher's Bags for Double Survivors
Raceday Logistics

Schedule:

Friday, 28th August:

18:00 - 21:00: Registration at either Strathclyde Country Park or Dalkeith Country Park.

Saturday, 29th August:

07:30 - 08:45: Late registration available at your chosen start point

09:00: Journey Starts

10:00 - 16:00: Toddler Trail Runs available at escape zone sites

23:00: Cut off for one-way Journey

Sunday, 30th August:

09:00: Cut off for Double

Rules:

  • Kit list must be adhered to. A kit check will be conducted at registration and missing items may prevent you from taking part
  • Safezones and no go areas must be adhered to or you will be disqualified
  • You must have the tracker on you at all times during the event, and return it upon completion. Missing trackers will cost £100.
Kit List

A definitive kit list will be sent out once you are registered.

Spectators
There are great facilities at both Dalkeith Country Park and Strathclyde Country Park to keep family and friends entertained while you’re out on the event. Discount codes are available for participants and will be sent in the confirmation email. Please see the park websites for more information on activities and facilities.

There will be a live event tracker screen at both sites for friends and family to keep tabs on escapees, or they can use the tracker app. There will be food vans, merchandise, music and entertainment at the escape zones throughout the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive more information about the route and the kit list for Escape the City?
Information regarding the route and the event will be sent to you once you have registered and in the time leading up to the event.
Do I have to stop at every safe zone along the way of Escape the City?
Yes, all 3 safe zones must be checked in at along the way. Here you will be able to get first aid, food, water, and refreshments for your journey. You may be disqualified if you do not adhere to the safezones and no go areas.
What are the cutoff times for Escape the City?
Escape the City has generous cut-off times, giving one-way participants 7 hours to get to the halfway point, and 14 hours to finish the event. Those doing the double will have 24 hours to complete the round trip.

Escape The City weather forecast

Light rain in the morning.

14°C
Predicted highs
10°C
Predicted lows
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IconModerate breeze possible, up to 15mph

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Designed to be inclusive, we aim to deliver an outstanding experience for everyone Whether you’re a weekend adventurer, para-sportsperson, elite runner, enthusiastic amateur, long-suffering support team, or just lost a bet, you’ll enjoy the experience, eventually. Designed and delivered by ex-military personnel, our events showcase how adventures should be run. All our events are designed and delivered by former military personnel. We all take part in extreme events ourselves, from ultra marathons, multi-day races, skyrunning, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, climbing, diving, biking…you name it, we broke it, and ourselves, at some point! However, we do know how to organise an event or two, and how to get it right. We know when you are pushing yourself to your limits, you don’t want to be stressing about the small things, so let us do all that for you. So you can focus on you.

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