Change is afoot for the 2018 Edinburgh Marathon with news that significant alterations are being made to the race route. Edinburgh Marathon Festival Director Neil Kilgour announced plans today for a new start on Potterrow in the Old Town and a landmark-studded first few miles.
The new route will continue the tradition of leaving the city and running east along the Forth to a Musselburgh finish but now participants will run along the historic High Street and down The Mound. They will then run past the Scottish National Gallery and into Princes Street Gardens, with Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop. The route then takes in the Scott Monument, before heading down the Royal Mile and towards Holyrood Park where runners will pass the Scottish Parliament and the Royal Palace.
Making the announcement Neil Kilgour said: "The key for us was creating a route which not only let our participants see more of Edinburgh, but also stays true to its worldwide reputation as one of the fastest marathon routes approved by an IAAF label - not an easy thing to achieve in this small but fine city!”
He added: "With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, we believe that this is one of, if not THE fastest marathon route in the world. If you have put in the training then this route will reward this effort: it is full of PB potential”
Edinburgh Marathon Festival now annually attracts more than 30,000 runners each year and the feature marathon race 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 and it remains Scotland’s only IAAF labeled road race.
Entries are open for Edinburgh Marathon Festival on May 26 and 27, 2018. More information is available via the event website.