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Festival on Race Weekend


Whether you’re a runner or a spectator, there is lots going on at the Event Village (free entry) during the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running for you to enjoy, including a Sports Expo, street food and a pipe band.

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Race Weekend Timings

Saturday 28 September 2024

10.00–18.00 Registration

10.00–18.00 Sports Expo (free entry)

Sunday 29 September 2024

09.00–16.00 Sports Expo open

09.30 Start of Baxters River Ness 5K, Bught Park

09.45 5K winner expected

10.00 Start of Baxters Loch Ness Marathon

10.30 Start of Baxters River Ness 10K / Corporate Challenge

10.55 10K winner expected

12.15 Marathon winner expected

12.30 10K / Corporate Challenge prize giving presentation

14.00 Marathon prize giving presentation

Loch Ness Marathon

Runners’ Cafe – Saturday

Our Runners’ Café will be open during Registration on Saturday, 10.00-18.00, and is hosted by BBC’s Bryan Burnett.

Grab a coffee, cake, Baxters soup or whatever takes your fancy from our street food stalls, visit the Expo, listen to our guest speakers throughout the afternoon, chat with other runners from around the world or just chill out with some traditional Scottish music. Free entry for all!


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Sports Expo

Come along to Scotland’s leading running Expo, open Saturday 10.00-18.00 and Sunday 08:30-16:00 at the Event Village (free entry for all).

Hosted by Run4It, this is a great opportunity to chat with leading brands such as Altra, Ronhill, Shokz, Petzl, Goodr sunglasses, sample and try out products and pick up some great offers on all your running essentials.

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Street Food

A delicious selection of ready-to-eat food & drink from around the Highlands will be on offer from local producers and our title sponsor, Baxters, over the weekend.

Expect to find everything from soup, burgers, hog roasts to pancakes, home-baking and ice cream.

You can also sample locally crafted beers and gin at our pop-up bars.

Live Music

We couldn’t hold an event in the Highlands of Scotland without the stirring sounds of a pipe band!

There will be live music on both days, and pipes & drums will on Sunday.

Kids’ Activities

There will be a range of kids’ activities on offer over the event weekend.

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