Experience breathtaking scenery along the shores of Loch Ness, varied distances and a festival atmosphere.
The centuries-old legend of the Loch Ness Monster is a story that continues to run. Along with the scenic beauty of the area, it has been responsible for attracting visitors to this fascinating part of Scotland for many years.
The opportunity to put such a memorable marathon on their record, one with such a unique story to tell, has proven too strong a pull for thousands of runners of all abilities. With a hot meal and entertainment awaiting you at the finish, plus fantastic technical t-shirt included in your entry fee, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon also offers genuine value for money.
Runners at the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon are taking on the challenge for many reasons: to raise money for good causes, to have fun and enjoy the fantastic setting, to experience the camaraderie, and to achieve their own personal goals.
"Stunning! Beautiful event, very well organised. Beautiful downhill start then undulating route with no major surprises... Highly recommend this event, for me it's up there with Snowdonia... Absolutely loved every minute of it." - Julie Rarity
"My first marathon and I am still buzzing about it now! It was an amazing experience from start to finish. Scenery is ace, atmosphere is ace.. If you only do one Marathon in Scotland make it this one!" - Hayley Willison
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Whether you’re a runner or a spectator, there is plenty for you to enjoy at the Event Village (free entry for all) throughout the entire weekend including our Runners’ Café, Sports Expo, Baxters Food & Drink Fayre, pipe bands, live music and kids’ activities.
Organisers of the Loch Ness Marathon encourage you to take part on behalf of one of these worthy causes.
Baxters River Ness 10K; 10K Corporate Challenge; 5K Fun Run; and Wee Nessie.
Secure your charity place and fundraise for your chosen cause - choose a charity below to get started.
We support people with dementia in Scotland to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.
Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s national dementia charity providing a 24-hour helpline, dementia resource centres and advisors whilst also funding vital research. Every £9.38 raised can pay for an hour of support from their Freephone Dementia Helpline; £100 could help their Community Activity Organisers run a group like Music Memories or £880 could fund a day of dementia research.
Registered no: SC022315.
Beating bowel cancer together
Increasingly affecting those in their 20s and 30s, over 16,000 people in the UK die of Bowel cancer annually making it the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.
Bowel Cancer UK provides support to improve the quality of life for patients and their families, but it is a preventable and curable disease, so their ultimate vision is to save all lives through research, campaigns and education.
Just £25 raised could help campaign for improvements to the screening programme or £50 can help improve surgical techniques for bowel cancer patients.
Registered no: 1071038.
No one should have to face cancer alone.
Macmillan Cancer Support wants to make sure no one has to face cancer alone. A cancer diagnosis can change everything, so we're here to help you with anything from money worries to advice about work, healthcare options to just needing someone to talk to. We're a constant source of support to people affected by cancer and their families and carers.
As treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. We fund specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres to help provide cutting edge support.
We rely completely on our supporters to help us make sure that people facing the toughest fight of their lives don't have to do it alone.
Registered no: 261017.
There are 2 ways to secure your place in Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running.
Secure your place at the start line with one of our charity partners.
Click here for the full selection of charity places.
Places are available direct from the event organiser - just pay your entry fee and you're in!
If you would like any help or advice, please contact our helpdesk.