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Fitness is fun for schools, clubs & disability groups taking part in Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run

Have fun through fitness is the message from Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running as they invite all schools, youth clubs and disability groups to sign up for this year’s Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run taking place in Inverness on 3 October. The 5K Fun Run offers people of all ages and abilities an opportunity to be part of the north of Scotland’s largest mass participation sporting event.

Teams taking part from schools, youth clubs and disability groups from the Highland area will receive reduced entry fees in addition to lots of post-event goodies.

Organisers have also announced an exciting new addition to this year’s Festival, The Wee Nessie, for pre-school age children. For the first time, our youngest entrants will be able to toddle, walk or jog their own monster race, accompanied by a parent or carer, around a short circuit in the Bught Park.

Malcolm Sutherland of Baxters Loch Ness Marathon said: “The Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run is a fantastic way for young people to add fun and excitement to exercise, possibly raise funds for their school or club, and at the same time be part of one of the biggest events in the north of Scotland this year! In previous years we’ve had entries from schools, Brownie packs, Scouts, Highland Disability Sport, as well as football, rugby and basketball clubs from across the Highlands and we hope to see many more of you again this year.”

The finish line for all events in this year’s Festival has been moved closer to Inverness city centre, with runners completing the course alongside the River Ness at Bught Park. New attractions for everyone coming along to the finish arena include a climbing wall, crazy golf and bungee trampolines, face painting as well as music from Feis Rois and local pipe bands, and a range of charity and sports retailer stands. More details will be announced shortly.

The Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run follows a flat circular route starting and ending in Bught Park, along the River Ness. The event is fully wheelchair accessible. Teams must be entered online by Monday 13 September 2010 at

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, and entry into the Baxters River Ness 10K and the 10K Corporate Challenge, visit or call the hotline on 0870 127 8000.