Fast, flat and beautifully scenic, this marathon route takes you along the Edinburgh coastline and has sold out every year since 2008. Join #TeamMacmillan and get a personalised technical running top, plus the loudest cheers on event day!
Once a year, thousands upon thousands of runners descend upon Edinburgh for a weekend of fun, festivities and sweat, all in the name of charity. With a wide range of races and distances on offer, there’s an event to suit runners of all ages and abilities, whatever your training programme.
This EMF full marathon route has previously been voted the fastest marathon in the UK. Great if it's your first marathon or you are looking for a PB!
Starting on Potterrow in the grounds of one of the oldest Universities in the world, this incredible city centre start takes you through the very heart of Edinburgh, with the iconic Edinburgh Castle as your backdrop.
The route then takes in the ‘Gothic Rocket’, otherwise known as the Scott Monument, as it meanders down the historic Royal Mile.
As you reach Musselburgh, you’ll run past the oldest golf course in the world, before heading further East on the flat to Gosford House. As you turn and head back along the coast, you’ll see the beautiful finish line ahead, one of the greatest sights for any marathon runner!
With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, we believe that this is the fastest marathon route in the world.
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival has a choice of runs making it open to a wide range of ages and abilities, including:
For one weekend in May, in a city famous for its culture and festivals, running and raising money is the talk of the town. Why not spend the weekend exploring everything Edinburgh has to offer, including this epic running festival!
"Ran my first Marathon and the memories will live with me forever. Amazing running next to the beach, and I must say the crowd and support was fantastic. Big thank you to all the staff, volunteers and everyone else for making it a great day." - Toseef Istakhar
Charities depend on the goodwill and effort of their supporters to survive, so make your race day a true cause for celebration by choosing to run the Edinburgh Marathon for one of the many worthy causes.
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