4 Oct

Edinburgh Ready To Rock Again

Runner at this year's Rock 'n' Roll half marathon

Race organisers are hoping to see Edinburgh rock next year as the Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh half marathon returns to the city on 14 April. Around 5,000 runners took part in this year's inaugural event, which is part of the Rock 'n' Roll series first started in San Diego that combines live music and running.

The race route starts and finishes at Holyrood Park, taking in landmarks of the city including Grassmarket, the Meadows, the Mound, the Scottish Parliament, and Edinburgh Castle. There will be bands and DJs performing at each mile point along the race route, culminating in a festival finish line concert.

You can find out more at the launch event on Saturday (6 October) taking place in Red Dog Music between 12-3pm. Those attending will get a free pint and there will also be live music, prizes and a free technical T-shirt for all runners who sign up to take part in the event. The race directors will be on hand to discuss plans for next year's race and answer any questions.

Event director Shannon Davis said: "Next year, we're aiming to have about 7,000 participants. There's a great festival atmosphere surrounding the day. The marathons have a bit of a cult following. At this year's race, about 20% of the runners were from overseas, with countries including the USA, Brazil, Finland, Greece, Norway, New Zealand and South Africa all represented."

Runners are encouraged to dress up as their musical icons as Shannon explained: "We do encourage our runners to dress up for the race and while any type of fancy dress is fine, most of them do come as their favourite rock 'n' roll icon. In April, we had lots of Elvises, Kiss, but we also had a few pandas, too. We just want to encourage people to get into their dressing-up box and have a little fun on the run."

Entry is now open for the event with registration available at for the discounted rate of £32 until 31 December. The registration fee also includes an official Brooks Technical T-shirt, a runners bag, course support, finish line snacks, live course and finish line entertainment and a finishers medal. Visit this link to register.