Rocked up runners will dust off their Elvis wigs on Sunday (14 April) as they prepare for the second annual Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh half marathon. 5,500 participants will take to the streets of Scotland's capital for the race, a 10% increase from last year's entries.
Set to a live soundtrack from some of Scotland's up and coming bands, the race will start and finish in Holyrood Park, making a loop around the city centre taking in some of its most beautiful views including the Meadows, the Mound, the Queen's Palace at Holyrood, and the Scottish Parliament building. The final stretch travels down the Royal Mile with a glimpse of Arthur's Seat in the background. Runners will also enjoy views of Edinburgh Castle while running throughout the city centre, and the Firth of Forth as they pass along the seaside stretch on Portobello Promenade.
With 15% of this year's entrants being international runners (some coming from as far as Australia, Argentina, Singapore, and Ecuador), event director, Shannon Davis, spoke of the opportunity to showcase Scotland: "We have over 700 runners flying in from outside the UK to be part of the race. For many it will be their first time in Scotland and we are keen to promote the very best the city has to offer.
"The Rock 'n' Roll half marathon is a unique experience for runners and we're pleased that despite the difficult financial climate, our race numbers are looking strong for 2013. We have had great support from the local community with independents such as Run 4 It and Red Dog Music really getting behind the race."
Registration will be available for £45 at Packet Pick Up at Run 4 It Edinburgh from Thursday 11 April till Saturday 13 April. The registration fee includes an official Brooks technical t-shirt, course support, finish line snacks, live course and finish line entertainment and one of Rock 'n' Roll's finishers medals.
Runners from Glasgow can take advantage of a bus service on Sunday morning, with pick-up points at North Hanover Street at 6.50am and the Forge Retail Park at 7.20am. For more information, visit the event website.