Want to take part in the Edinburgh marathon without running the full 26.2 miles? Don't worry, this isn't some shady scheme which involves getting on a bus, it's a chance to sign up for the Hairy Haggis Team Relay on Sunday 25 May 2014.
The marathon team relay event is an opportunity for four runners to complete the 26.2 miles in bit-size portions. The first leg (the Royal Leg) is the longest stage of the relay and sees runners go through Holyrood Park, past Arthur's Seat towards Musselburgh - covering approximately 8.4 miles. The second leg (the Cock & Pan leg) is 5.6 miles and takes runners along the beautiful coast with views out over the Firth of Forth. This is followed by the 7.6-mile Gosford Leg which runs out towards Longniddry turning at the Gosford House. And finally there is the Glory Leg (not to be confused with the gory leg) which lasts for 4.6 miles and takes runners to the finish in Musselburgh.
EMF 2014 is expected to attract more than 30,000 runners and will kick off an extraordinary year of sport in Scotland with a line-up that includes the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July and the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September. Edinburgh Marathon Festival race director, Neil Kilgour, said: "Scotland is preparing to welcome the world in 2014 and 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 and a team challenge is the perfect way to mark this. 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."
With its fast and flat route, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is one of the quickest 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.
Runners from more than 100 countries are expected to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival next year. Entries are open for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival and Marathon Team Relay on May 24 and 25, 2014. For more information, visit the EMF website or go to the event's Facebook page.