Run in Edinburgh



The EMF Junior races are a great way to get the whole family involved in Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend. There are two Junior 2K races to choose from – Race 1 and Race 2. The only difference between these two races is their start time – choose which one suits you best!
  • Saturday 28th May 2022
  • Race 1 at 2.30pm, Race 2 at 3pm
  • For ages 9 to 12
  • Start & finish: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
Macmillan EMF 2019
Standard Entry
£ 13.50 per person
Club Entry
£ 12.50 per person
Charity Entry
Varies per person
Group Entry
Varies per person
Please note that you will have to create a My Details account per child, and cannot enter your child via your own My Details account.
  • Our boy did a fantastic job on his first #EMF run today, he made us super proud! @MrHairyHaggis

  • @MrHairyHaggis kids did the 1.5km, I did the half, we're all still buzzing, best event in the UK! #emf2016

  • Wow! Big thanks to Louie for raising £410 at the Junior event of the Edinburgh Marathon in memory of his grandfather

    Brit Lung Foundation
  • So proud of my boy! He is taking part in the 2k junior edinburgh marathon for the first time and is raising money for @FFC_ScotsandNE

    Susan Kerr
  • Fantastic race for young children, my daughter enjoyed every bit of it. Will definitely be back next year!

    Sue Company Edinburgh


Starting and finishing near the EMF Hub at Dynamic Earth, this beautiful, scenic route takes place in Holyrood Park in the heart of Edinburgh. The first 200m is a slight downhill section towards Queens Drive / Holyrood Gait Roundabout. Runners continue along the side of Dynamic Earth and run along Queens Drive with Holyrood Palace Gardens on their left and the steep slopes of Salisbury Crags on their right. The runners just about reach St. Margaret’s Loch on their right hand side before it doubles back on itself … you’ll have to come back later if you want to feed the ducks! The route passes the 1 km mark and with the runners now more dispersed on the return leg, they can enjoy the views of Holyrood Palace, Calton Hill and Dynamic Earth and the Scottish Parliament Building. Once back through the first roundabout, the runners make a right turn into Holyrood Gait and the final 50m dash to the Finish Line!
Dynamic Earth
As well as hosting the EMF Hub on the Friday and Saturday of the EMF weekend, Dynamic Earth is also a 5 star visitor experience which invites you to take a journey through time to witness the story of planet Earth. Through a series of interactive exhibits, state of the art technology and even a 4D encounter you will feel the heat of a bubbling volcano, face the chill of polar ice, fly across the globe before crash landing in a tropical rainforest. As if this wasn’t enough, Dynamic Earth is home to Scotland’s only 360 degree full dome film theatre.
St Anthony’s Chapel & Arthurs Seat
Visitors who haven’t had enough exercise completing the junior or the 5k / 10k races, can visit the ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel overlooking St. Margaret’s Loch or head up to the top of Arthurs Seat which is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park. Remember to check weather and wear appropriate clothing.
Holyrood Palace
Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining.
Scottish Parliament
On the outskirts of Holyrood Park, you can visit the award winning Scottish Parliament Building. As well as hosting the Scottish Parliament, the building has won a number of awards, including the 2005 Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious architecture award. The inclusion of the Scottish Parliament Building on the shortlist for the Stirling Prize in 2004, led the judges to describe the building as “a statement of sparkling excellence”. In October 2005 the building was identified as Scotland’s 4th greatest modern building by readers of Prospect magazine.
The Finish Line!
The most beautiful sight for any runner – the finish line! The Finish Line is located between the 2 pillars on Holyrood Gait approximately 50m from Queens Drive Roundabout.
*please note that finisher’s items may be subject to change


  • Wicking finisher’s t-shirt
  • Accurate chip timing
  • Great finisher’s medal
  • Race recovery pack
  • Fantastic running experience
EMF Super Active Schools


Sign up for one of the EMF junior races and your school could be in with the chance of winning £150 worth of sport equipment for your school!

This is a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to get fit and run as part of a team while representing their school. The EMF Junior Schools Competition was launched in 2012 to recognise and reward the increased efforts of schools who encourage kids active throughout Edinburgh, The Lothians and Fife.MORE INFO


Since 2003, Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners have raised over £30 million for hundreds of amazing charities. If you’re looking for a reason to become a future EMF charity runner, then look no further! The Official Edinburgh Marathon Festival Charity is Macmillan Cancer SupportRUN FOR CHARITY
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