2K Junior
Sat 24 May 2025 Edinburgh, UK

Edinburgh Marathon Festival | 2K Junior

One of the junior events of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival for ages 9-12 in the beautiful Holyrood Park with the fun of a medal, t-shirt and goodies at the end!

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  • Sat 24 May 2025
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh > Holyrood Gait, Edinburgh

2K Junior



Age 9-12

  • 2 km road running


Scotland's biggest running festival!

40,000 people every year come to the event to enjoy the picturesque views, iconic landmarks and vibrant culture of its stunning capital.


The weekend celebration of running features a range of beautiful routes from the city centre's famous Holyrood Park, including fun runs and 5Ks right up to the headline marathon itself which sells out every year.

Runners and spectators can enjoy panoramic views over the city, Edinburgh Castle and along the East Lothian coastline too.


  • fastest marathon in the UK

    Edinburgh Marathon has previously been voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runner’s World and is Scotland's largest mass participation sports event.

  • Bank Holiday festival

    Enjoy a weekend in Scotland's beautiful capital city with events for all ages and abilities with an inclusive focus and uplifting crowd support.

  • landmarks and coast

    With Edinburgh Castle as the stunning backdrop, the routes feature striking panoramic views of the city, historic buildings and the East Lothian coastline.

  • Nine stunning races

    All events benefit from the capital's historic streets and stunning green spaces.

This event is part of Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

Event video

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams
  • Wheelchair users



  • 09:00 | 10K
  • 11:00 | 5K
  • 12:00 | Junior 5K
  • 13:00 | 2K Junior
  • 13:30 | 1.5K Junior 
  • 14:00 | Kids Kilometre


  • 08:00 | Half Marathon
  • 10:00 | Marathon
  • 10:00 | Hairy Haggis Team Relay

  • Bag storage
  • Cafe
  • Changing facilities
  • Coast
  • Park
  • Rural
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Dynamic Earth
Holyrood Road

The Scottish capital is renowned for its heritage and culture, with medieval architecture and cobbled streets helping to create a spellbinding atmosphere. It's the perfect setting for an active festival of running, with each route taking full advantage of its stunning location.

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival offers an ideal opportunity to explore the historic streets on closed roads and enjoy a Bank Holiday weekend in the Scottish capital.


  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Undulating
  • Wave start
  • Way markers

Starting and finishing near the EMF Hub at Dynamic Earth, this beautiful, scenic route takes place in Holyrood Park in the heart of Edinburgh.

The first 200m is a slight downhill section towards Queens Drive / Holyrood Gait Roundabout. Runners continue along the side of Dynamic Earth and run along Queens Drive with Holyrood Palace Gardens on their left and the steep slopes of Salisbury Crags on their right.

The runners just about reach St. Margaretโ€™s Loch on their right hand side before it doubles back on itself โ€ฆ youโ€™ll have to come back later if you want to feed the ducks!

The route passes the 1 km mark and with the runners now more dispersed on the return leg, they can enjoy the views of Holyrood Palace, Calton Hill and Dynamic Earth and the Scottish Parliament Building.

Once back through the first roundabout, the runners make a right turn into Holyrood Gait and the final 50m dash to the Finish Line!

The cut off time for the Junior 2K is 30 minutes (from when the back of the race crosses the start line).

  • Public transport links
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy

Sustainability overview

This event is committed to minimising the impact it has on the local environment, implemented in the following ways:

  • Online entries rather than paper forms
  • Marketing material online rather than flyers and posters
  • Runner information online rather than printed
  • Public transport encouraged
  • Communication with residents and business regarding road closures, to reduce traffic congestion
  • Reduce noise pollution
  • All waste collected and recycled/repurposed wherever possible
  • Unused food donated to food bank

  • Chip timing
  • Medal
  • Technical t-shirt


  • Wicking finisher's t-shirt
  • Finisher's medal and distance keyring
  • Finisher's pack
  • Personalised event number with accurate timing chip
  • Event baggage facilities
  • Hydration and nutrition at the finish
  • Results posted in your account within 48 hours
  • Fantastic running experience

  • Age 9-12
  • Entries open
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Race pack by post
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Entry fees

Junior entry fee


... I really enjoyed the event. It was well organised and I liked the course which started up by the university and then had a 5 mile downhill run through the city to the coast, followed by an out and back coastal section which was pretty flat.

Really enjoyed this run. Beautiful settings and a fantastic atmosphere.

It's true that this is a perfect race for chasing PBs - I got one today and I hadn't trained as much as I should have.

Couldn’t have picked a better location for my first marathon! Amazing atmosphere with super helpful marshals and wonderful support from spectators especially the welcoming locals who utterly emmersed themselves in the event and were out in their hundreds. Topped off by lovely finish crew who didn’t mind being hugged and sobbed over ecstatically!! and the most beautiful medal and lovely (perfectly fitted) finishers shirt!

The route itself took you through lovely historical parts of the city and then out across the gorgeous coast before returning to the city for a rapturous welcome (despite the crazy headwind along the final four miles!). Terrific choice of route and I bet an experienced marathoner could get quite a pace as it’s relatively flat. A most excellent event and definitely one to recommend!

Reviews thanks to RaceCheck


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