This year's Edinburgh Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon will include a 10K race for the first time. The 10K on 29 June will start at Meadowbank Stadium and finish at Holyrood Park. Organisers also recently announced that the half marathon will start and finish at Meadowbank Stadium. The decision was made to move the event from April to June after runners had to face gale force winds and torrential rain at last year’s half marathon.
Mike James, event director, said: “This is a really exciting year for Rock ‘n’ Roll Edinburgh with a new start line, a new date and a new 10k – we’ve been growing year on year in the city and we’re planning to make sure this is the biggest and best race yet.
“The addition of the 10k will hopefully encourage more runners to sign up to enjoy the Rock ‘n’ Roll experience – especially those who are new to running and looking to take part in their first event. The race is all about having fun and the atmosphere is unlike that of any other.
“Last year’s event attracted runners from around the world, with 25% of participants coming from outside of Scotland and we’re hoping that in the year of Homecoming Scotland, the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games, even more Rock ‘n’ Roll enthusiasts will travel to Edinburgh to take part.”
Now in its third year, the race is expected to attract 7,500 runners with its mash up of rock meets running in what has been previously described as a 13.1 mile block party. Live bands and DJs will be performing along both race routes to energise participants and make sure they keep on running. The 10k also offers a running tour of the city with spectacular views of Arthur’s Seat, the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle.
Registration is now open at the event website.