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Get fit and have fun – enter now for the Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run

Schools, clubs and disability groups are invited to enter their teams now for the Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run and benefit from reduced entry fees. This popular event, part of the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, takes place in Inverness on Sunday 2 October 2011.

Open to people of all ages and abilities including wheelchair entrants, the Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run follows a scenic course through the centre of the Highland capital. Everyone completing the course receives a commemorative medal, a t-shirt and a goody bag.

Schools, clubs and disability groups entering teams for the 5K Fun Run will receive reduced entry fees – all team entries must be received by 12 September. For further information about entering a team, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Starting in Bught Park, the 5K route loops around the park before crossing over ‘the Islands’ of the River Ness, then along Ness Bank beneath Inverness Castle. In the heart of Inverness, runners turn left across Ness Bridge, then left again into Ness Walk to approach the finish in a stunning location by the river at Bught Park.

The fun carries on after the 5K with a fantastic programme of entertainment in the festival village for all family and friends. Live music, the Baxters Food and Drink Fayre, a sports expo and activities for kids, means there is lots to do for runners and companions of all ages.

Malcolm Sutherland, event and race director of Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, said: “It is great to see so many young people from across the area joining the Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run every year, becoming part of the biggest participation event north of the central belt of Scotland. In addition to teams from schools, group entries are received from Scouts, Brownies, Highland Disability Sport, as well as rugby, football and basketball clubs. It is a great way for young people to bring some fun and excitement to their exercise, and perhaps even raise funds at the same time.”

Malcolm continued: “Family and friends coming along to cheer their runners will have the opportunity to enjoy the Baxters Food and Drink Fayre, a range of sports and charity stalls, live music, and a variety of activities designed to keep young ones entertained. It really is a fun day out for everyone!”

Entry is open for other Festival events including the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, Baxters River Ness 10K, the HSBC 10K Corporate Challenge and the Wee Nessie. Places for the Marathon remain open for charity, club and overseas runners only.

The Wee Nessie, a new event last year, offers pre-school age children their own monster walk, run or jogging race with a parent or carer around a short circuit in the Bught Park.

In this year of Active Scotland, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running on Sunday 2 October 2011 is a great opportunity for everyone to take part in a running event. Visit now to find out more.