As part of this summer's Celebrate Aberdeen Parade, the city will be hosting a special 1 mile race on Union Street. Organised for Saturday, June 9, the invitational mile run is expected to attract an elite field of more than 50 runners.
This will be the second year the event has been held on the City's main thoroughfare since the Union Street 200th birthday celebrations in 1994 when world stars competed in a series of televised races. On that occasion, Englishman Kevin McKay won in 4min 6sec with Kenya's Benson Koech one second behind in second position, while former world recordholder Steve Cram had to settle for fourth in 4:08.
The race will start at the Music Hall with competitors heading west to Holburn Junction where they'll turn and run all the way back down Union Street to the finishing line at the Castlegate.
Organiser Graham Morrison, of Sport Aberdeen, is convinced it will be a great occasion, commenting: " We think it will be an exciting course. We could have just ran from one end of the street to the other but there's something special about running a mile and we wanted to give the athletes an accurate course."
Anyone interested in taking part should contact Graham Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org