Perth will stage a major new half marathon in 2019 with the launch of the Fair City Perth Run. Race day is Sunday 1 September and organisers anticipate a 2,000 strong field for the inaugural running.
The race will see a South Inch start and finish with a route that includes many of the city's landmarks. The course heads along the River Tay and around North Inch before continuing north to the 4 mile marker. There the route turns round and heads back south through Perth before reaching the city centre at around Mile 8.
There are a couple of miles where the routes winds through the centre of Perth and organisers expect crowds of supporters at these vantage points and lots of encouragement to fuel runners for the final stages. Mile 11 sees a short climb at Craigie then a couple of easier miles before the finish back at South Inch.
Orrganisers support the NSPCC and are currently in discussions with them as potential charity partner. The race team will also be working closely with Perth & Kinross Council to ensure the smooth running of the event up to and on race day. Organisers will also be promoting the new event to a wide Scottish and UK audience and are hoping that the race will attract day and weekend visitors to Perth.
Organisers are currently working on a race day programme that will include children's entertainment, healthy food stalls, music and a family-focus. They also hope to announce a guest starter soon.