Entries to the 2010 Edinburgh Marathon are set to close within the next three weeks. The entry limit for the 2010 marathon has been increased by 1,000 entries to 12,500 in order to accommodate the overwhelming interest in the marathon, in fact the uptake in places for the forthcoming event has yet again far outstripped organisers' expectations.
Even with a full six months to go until race day, entries have already passed the 10,000 mark and are coming in at over 100 per day. With the usual last minute rush to get a place, organisers expect standard marathon places to close around December 20.
Damien O'Looney, Marketing Director for the marathon, said:
“The Edinburgh Marathon has been firmly establishing itself as a must-run race for UK marathon runners. The growing popularity of our marathon has led to it increasing fourfold since we started the race in 2003 with 3,000 runners."
The marathon organisers have also set aside 2,500 charity places which will be available until Aptil 14, 2010. Charity runners must agree to raise between £500 and £1,000 for the charity of their choice.
The Edinburgh Marathon, now firmly established as the second largest marathon in the UK, behind the Virgin London Marathon, is on target to overtake the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow as the biggest running event in Scotland. The Great Scottish Run half-marathon and 10K had 20,868 entrants in their September 2009 event. The Edinburgh Marathon, the new Scottish Half Marathon and ever popular Hairy Haggis Team Relay, which will all take place on the May 23, 2010, look likely to receive 23,400 entrants in 2010 making it the largest running event in Scotland.
Geoff Sims, Chief Executive for the marathon said:
“I am delighted that we are set to become the largest running event in Scotland. I am looking forward to welcoming over 20,000 runners from over 50 countries to participate in the festival marathon in the festival city. We are planning a whole host of entertainment to make it a truly festival experience."
For more information please visit www.edinburgh-marathon.com