Organisers of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival are teaming up with Homecoming Scotland to play a key part in a one-year programme of events and activities designed to showcase all that is great about Scotland. Entries are now open for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May with places being snapped up quickly.
The festival, which is expected to attract more than 30,000 runners, will kick off an eventful year of sport in Scotland that includes the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July and golf's 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September.
Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival director, said: "Scotland is preparing to welcome the world in 2014 and we're delighted to team up with Homecoming Scotland to bring you one of the nation's most exciting sporting weekends.
"We look forward to delivering an outstanding Edinburgh Marathon Festival that the nation will be proud of. Now is the time to make 2014 your year. The earlier you sign up the better, both to guarantee a place and set aside plenty of time to work out a sound training programme so you're in peak condition on the big day. There really couldn't be a better time to plan a trip to Scotland."
Caroline Packman, Homecoming Scotland 2014 director said: "We are delighted to be working with the Edinburgh Marathon Festival as part of the ever-extending Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme. The event is a fantastic tie in with our active and natural Homecoming themes for next year and presents a great opportunity for those taking part to explore the city and beyond."
Edinburgh Marathon Festival, which in 2014 will be in its 12th year consists of eight races, guaranteeing there is something for everyone from the seasoned runner to the charity fundraiser and beginners. The fun kicks off on Saturday May 24 at Holyrood Park with a 10k, 5K and two junior races. On Sunday May 25, the Edinburgh marathon, half marathon and team relay starts from the heart of Edinburgh and continues through East Lothian offering stunning views and an unforgettable running experience.
With its fast and flat route, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is one of the fastest in the world and a perfect choice for runners chasing a personal best. The Edinburgh Marathon 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 making it a pivotal part of the sporting calendar for runners.