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  • I had such an amazing time & the people of Edinburgh are what has made me get through it! Thank you so much & I won't be forgetting my first marathon, so glad I got to do it in Edinburgh!

    Catherine Marshall Sheffield
  • Ran my first Marathon and the memories will live with me forever. Amazing running next to the beach, and I must say the crowd and support was fantastic. Big thank you to all the staff, volunteers and everyone else for making it a great day.

    Toseef Istakhar
  • Amazing day for my first marathon. Spectators and the life saving people coming out with sweeties were amazing, as were the people running very friendly and positive. Brilliant!!

    Stevie O'Hara
  • Fantastic first marathon experience. The organisers, marshals and all volunteers were great. But the best part has to be the amazing locals and spectators they did Scotland proud.

    Kevin Wickham

THE EVENTS

Voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runner’s World in 2008. Enjoy a fantastic all-encompassing route which takes in some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks as well as offering picturesque views along the East Lothian coastline.
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Directly preceding the Marathon, the EMF Half follows the same fast and flat route, offering genuine PB potential. This increasingly popular race distance is a fantastic alternative for those that don’t fancy the big 26.2!
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The EMF Relay is a chance for a team of four to join forces and complete the Edinburgh Marathon! With each relay leg posing a different challenge, make sure you pick and order your team wisely; which lucky runner will get The Glory Leg?
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The 10K falls on the Saturday of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend and is run in the stunning surroundings of Holyrood Park. Starting and finishing near Dynamic Earth, this route offers striking panoramic views of the city and Edinburgh Castle.
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The EMF 5K takes place on the Saturday and offers a picturesque route around Holyrood Park with stunning panoramic views of the city and Edinburgh Castle.
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NEW FOR 2017! The EMF Junior 5K is for 11-18 year olds and takes place on the Saturday. The event offers a picturesque route around Holyrood Park with stunning panoramic views of the city and Edinburgh Castle. It’s the perfect way for teenagers to get involved in EMF Weekend.
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The EMF Junior 2K is for 9-12 year olds. The junior races are a fantastic way to get children active and encourage them to get involved in running. As with the 5K and 10K races, the routes will be run around the beautiful Holyrood Park.
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The EMF Junior 1.5K is for 6-8 year olds. The junior races are a fantastic way to get children active and encourage them to get involved in running. As with the 5K and 10K races, the routes will be run around the beautiful Holyrood Park.
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NEW FOR 2017! The EMF Kids’ Kilometre is for 3-6 year olds. The junior races are a fantastic way to get children active and encourage them to get involved in running. As with the 5K and 10K races, the routes will be run around the beautiful Holyrood Park.
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FUN FACTS

Since 2003, a lot has happened at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival!

£MILLION RAISED FOR GOOD CAUSES
OLDEST RUNNER
KG WORTH OF MEDALS
BOTTLES OF WATER HANDED OUT

WHY RUN IN EDINBURGH?

  • Fastest Marathon in the UK (Runner’s World 2008)
  • IAAF Bronze label accredited
  • Guaranteed entry – No ballots, no lists, no hassle
  • Edinburgh was voted the World’s fourth most beautiful city in 2015
  • Only 1% of the World’s population have ever completed a marathon

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