Aberdeen could be set for a new half marathon and 10k with plans for the Great Run Series to come to the Granite City. Aberdeen City Council is hoping to attract the series to the northeast by as early as next August.
It is estimated the run could bring in up to 7,000 participants in the first year, with the potential for that number to grow and deliver up to 70,000 visitors.
Tourism bosses hope the Great Aberdeen Run will fire the starting gun for the Great City Games, a world-class athletics tournament, which has attracted athletes such as Usain Bolt, Andrew Butchart, and Tiffany Porter in the past.
Middle distance runner and Aberdonian, Myles Edwards spoke of his excitement at the prospect of the run: “Aberdeen is a city that really should have an event like this, and I can guarantee that as soon as places go up for sale for this event they will be snapped up in seconds because there’s so much enthusiasm about running in Aberdeen at the moment.
“Lots of people from all abilities are getting into it, so I think this is a really positive thing for the city and exciting events are amazing for getting people active and into the sport.”