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Entries Open for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2014
RUNNERS can star in Scotland's most spectacular sporting year by signing up
for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2014.
Entries open today for Scotland's largest running event on Saturday May 24
and Sunday May 25 2014, with early birds snapping up a discount and the
chance to book a 2014 race at 2013 prices. The festival, which is expected
to attract more than 30,000 runners, will kick off an extraordinary year of
sport in Scotland with a line-up that includes the Commonwealth Games in
Glasgow in July and golf's 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September.
Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival director, said: "Scotland is
preparing to welcome the world in 2014 and we look forward to delivering an
outstanding Edinburgh Marathon Festival that the nation will be proud of.
"Now is the time to make 2014 your year. The earlier you sign up the
better, both to guarantee a place and set aside plenty of time to work out
a sound training programme so you're in peak condition on the big day.
There really couldn't be a better time to plan a trip to Scotland."
With its fast and flat route, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is one of the
fastest in the world and a perfect choice for runners chasing a personal
best. The Edinburgh Marathon joined the world's elite road races in 2012 by
becoming the first race in Scotland to be officially recognised by the
IAAF, the athletics governing body. The IAAF bronze label puts the race
among the top 75 in the world making it a pivotal part of the sporting
calendar for runners.
With runners from more than 100 countries expected to take part, the
Edinburgh Marathon Festival is an ideal way to showcase the capital at its
very best and complement Scotland's £3 million programme of "Homecoming"
events that tourism bosses believe will help create the industry's biggest
ever year in 2014.
Maureen Virtue, 41, of East Lothian (pix attached) can't wait to sign up
for EMF 2014. It will be the third time she'll run the Edinburgh Marathon
and she loves the race so much it even inspired her to set up her own
running group, Run for Fun.
Maureen said: "I love running and I love Edinburgh.
"I ran a personal best at the Edinburgh marathon this year, racing to the
finish in 4 hours and 46 minutes. It's a beautiful route. The crowd at the
finish must have been a mile long and really kept me going to get that
personal best. I'm not a natural born runner. I started running after a
serious riding accident punctured my lung. Running has given me back by
health and happiness. I wouldn't miss it for the world."
For running pal, Callum Murray, 20, of Galashiels, the Edinburgh Marathon
Festival half marathon this year was his first major race and he finished
it in two hours and four minutes.
Callum said: "I can't complain with that time for my first half marathon.
"I definitely enjoyed running in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. The
crowds cheering along the way made it a great day so I'd recommend it to
people out there thinking about taking on a challenge next year."
Second only to London in terms of size in the UK, the Edinburgh Marathon
Festival, which in 2014 will be in its 12th year, takes place in Scotland's
capital city Edinburgh and continues through East Lothian. There are eight
races on offer, guaranteeing there is something for everyone from the
seasoned runner to the charity fundraiser and beginners. The fun kicks off
on Saturday May 24 at Holyrood Park with a 10k, 5K and two junior races. On
Sunday May 25, the Edinburgh marathon, half marathon and team relay starts
from the heart of Edinburgh and continues through East Lothian offering
stunning views and an unforgettable running experience.
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival has had an economic impact of more than £25
million for Scotland's capital and helped raise more than £30 million for
hundreds of charities. Together with the Edinburgh Marathon Festival's
Official charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, organisers are hoping to break
all previous records and raise even more in 2014.
Entries are open for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on May 24 and 25,
2014. Just go to the website www.edinburgh-marathon.com and like the
Edinburgh Marathon Festival Facebook page.