The Loch Ness monster is not the only long running legend in the area, as Loch Ness is also home to one of the best marathons in the UK. The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running is a notable fixture on the running calendar. There are great marathons around the world, many of them particularly marked by their settings, and the Loch Ness ranks right alongside them. The centuries-old legend of the Loch Ness Monster is a story that continues to run. Along with the scenic beauty of the area, it has been responsible for attracting visitors to this fascinating part of Scotland for many years.
Whatever your reasons for running, join thousands of runners from around the world on the start line and become part of the Loch Ness running legend. All events on offer provide fantastic sights, challenges to suit various abilities, lots of fun and the chance to achieve something memorable in one of the most famous parts of the world.
The Loch Ness Marathon route begins in an atmospheric location and continues through breathtaking scenery, taking you along the south eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, and into the centre of Inverness, capital city of the Highlands.
A hot meal and entertainment awaiting you at the finish and a fantastic technical t-shirt is included in your entry fee.
Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures listed the Loch Ness Marathon as ‘one of the most mind-blowing marathons.’
The Marathon will start on the high ground between Fort Augustus and Foyers and will drop down to the banks of Loch Ness at Foyers. 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, 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 Marathon starts at 10.00am on Sunday between Fort Augustus and Foyers on the south side of Loch Ness, and will finish along the River Ness at Bught Park in the centre of Inverness.
- 10k Corporate Challenge
- 5k Fun Run
- Wee Nessie (for pre-school aged children)
Race Pack Collection
Pre-race Registration for marathon runners will take place between 11.30-18.00 on Saturday at Bught Park where you will collect your race number, timing tag, baggage label and Pasta Party tickets.
Entry Fee Includes
- Finisher’s technical tshirt
- Coach transport to the race start
- Baggage transfer from the Start to Finish/Event Village
- Hot post-race meal
- Finisher’s medal
- Goody Bag
- Downloadable finisher’s certificate
- Loch Ness Marathon digital race magazine
- Festival at the Finish, including live music and fun family activities
- Traffic free roads
- Saturday 11:30 – 18:00, Bught Park
- Sunday 9:00 – 16:00
- 12.00-18.00 Saturday, Bught Park
The Baxters Pasta Party, takes place during pre-race registration at the Event Village, offers an ideal opportunity to carb load on a delicious three-course meal of Baxters soup and bread, a choice of pastas with salads, followed by dessert, plus a bottle of Highland Spring water. Vegetarian and gluten-free menu options are available.
During the Pasta Party, there will be an hourly Carb Loading and Craic show (at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm) featuring advice from the experts, guide to the Loch Ness course, hydration and nutrition tips and final race preparation tips plus a chance to take part in our Marathon mastermind with prizes to be won every hour. There will also be live music.
Race Day Transport
All marathon runners are transported by bus to the Start from the Ice Rink at Bught Park, a 10 minute walk from the Event Village. Please arrive between 06.45 and 07.15 as buses will depart promptly at 07.30. Due to logistical reasons and route access it is impossible for runners to travel to the Start independently.
All runners will be transported to the start of the race from 3 pick-up points:
- Pick-up Point 1 – Ice Rink, near Bught Park, 06.45-07.15
- Pick-up Point 2 – Drumnadrochit Tourist Information Centre, 08.15
- Pick-up Point 3 – Fort Augustus Tourist Information Centre, 08.40
All Marathon runners will be chip timed. This is attached to your race number.
Highland Spring water is provided in 330ml botttles and the Clif Bar feed stations will offer Clif Shot Bloks and Gels.
- 2.9 Highland Spring water
- 6.2 Clif Shot Bloks or Gels
- 6.3 Highland Spring water
- 8.0 Sports hydration drink
- 9.6 Highland Spring water
- 13.5 Clif Shot Bloks or Gels
- 13.6 Highland Spring water
- 15.6 Sports hydration drink
- 17.3 Highland Spring water
- 19.9 Clif Shot Bloks or Gels
- 20.0 Highland Spring water
- 21.5 Sports hydration drink
- 23.2 Clif Shot Bloks or Gels
- 23.2 Highland Spring water
- 24.6 Highland Spring water
Toilets are available at the Event Village at Bught Park prior to transport to the start. There are also Portaloos at the start, and clearly signed Public Toilets and Portaloos at regular intervals along the route, as follows:
- 2.6 miles – Whitebridge Hotel
- 6.5 miles – Foyers Public Toilets (Portaloos)
- 9.0 miles – Inverfarigaig Forest Enterprise
- 17.5 miles – Dores Inn (Portaloos)
- 23 miles – Holm Roundabout, Inverness (Portaloos)
Runners expecting to take longer than 5 hours must use the pavement on the left hand side through Inverness as roads start to open again to traffic and race organisers start dismantling the course from 15.00 onwards. Please note that safety support and water will be available along the route until 17.00.
The Finish is along the River Ness at Bught Park in the centre of Inverness. You will receive your finisher’s medal, t-shirt and fantastic goodie bag. There is also complimentary post-race food, which includes Baxters soup, for all marathon runners. Showers and changing facilities are available. Massage is also on offer for a small donation to charity.
Event Photographs and Finishers Certificate
Marathon-Photos.com will be taking photographs and video of the competitors on the course and at the finish. The photos will be available online within 72 hours of the event to every entrant. All competitors will be able to download their FREE Event Certificate.
Race Day Festival
There will be lots going on for runners and spectators at the Event Village, Bught Park on Sunday, open to the public from 09.00 – 1600. There’s a fantastic line up of live music and entertainment, charity and sports expo and family fun activities. Find out more here.
And…you won’t go hungry if you’re one of the thousands of spectators enjoying the sights and sounds of the Festival – come and see us at the Baxters Food & Drink Fayre where you’ll find a mouth-watering array of hot and cold food to eat on the go.
Spectators have a key part to play in this Marathon. Their cheers of encouragement and congratulations always help to keep the runners on the move, particularly on the final push through the city of Inverness and as they enter Bught Park. The final 4 miles through Inverness provide the best vantage points for spectators.