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Enter now for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

Runners entering next month’s Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running are reminded that Monday 14 September is the closing date for all events in the Festival, including the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, Baxters River Ness 10K, the Healthy Working Lives 10K Corporate Challenge, the River Ness 5K Fun Run and the Highland Breakfast Run. The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, the third largest marathon in the UK, takes place on Sunday 4 October 2009.
Malcolm Sutherland of Baxters Loch Ness Marathon said: “This year we anticipate having the largest entry field yet across all events in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running. Anyone still to sign up for their chosen distance should do so as soon as possible to be sure of a place. For the Marathon, places are still available for overseas runners, clubs and charities: if you would like to take part, register online now through the website at http://www.lochnessmarathon.com. And the Healthy Working Lives 10K Corporate Challenge (for groups of four to six people from the one workplace), is a great way to get your colleagues involved in the Festival and have fun getting fit at the same time – register online now to accept the challenge!”

The fantastic sum of £579,188 was raised for charities from last year’s Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running benefiting hundreds of individuals and communities across Scotland and the UK. Baxters Loch Ness Marathon has four nominated charities including the Highland Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Scottish Community Foundation. Runners can opt for one of them or choose from over 35 other associated charities. For more details visit http://www.lochnessmarathon.com/charities.

Special celebrations for the Year of Homecoming include an invitation for all runners to join the Run Home Highland Breakfast Run (5km) and the Run Home Clan Challenge.
Malcolm said: “Depending on demand, there may be some additional places available for the Highland Breakfast Run and the Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run over the Festival weekend on 3 and 4 October.  Both events are suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

Malcolm continued: “The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running really is a fantastic event for everyone. There’s a great party atmosphere in the finish arena at the Queen’s Park Stadium as traditional pipe bands, live music, children’s entertainment, sports retail stalls and charity stalls provide a warm Highland welcome for runners and spectators alike.”

To find out more about the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, including places available for charity runners, club runners and overseas runners in this year’s Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, as well as for entry into the Baxters River Ness 10K, the Healthy Working Lives 10K Corporate Challenge, the Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run and the Highland Breakfast Run, visit http://www.lochnessmarathon.com or call the hotline on 0870 127 8000. All entries must be received by midnight on Monday 14 September 2009.