If you have used running in your exercise routine already, you may want to turn your attention to the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Information on the annual Edinburgh marathon and running festival in May can be found here. There are over 30,000 runners on the 24th and 25th May 2014 and it sells out every year. Events include the Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, 10k, 5k and junior races. So you could say there’s something for everyone.


If you are new to running or would like to improve, then you may wish to read this article about why running is a great for you. Running is not only great for the soul but good for your health. Studies have shown that running can add years on to your life as well as reducing your risk of cancer. If you’ve already been working out, you’ll have already discovered that no matter how good or bad you feel, exercise will make you feel better. You may have heard people saying “running is bad for your joints” but running actually helps strengthen your knees and your other bones too.


The Marathon

The Edinburgh Marathon will kick off an extraordinary year of sport across the country with a line-up that includes the Commonwealth Games and the 40th Ryder Cup. The marathon has a fast and flat route and is among the fastest in the world. Edinburgh was recently voted the second best destination in the UK for a city marathon. It just goes to prove yet again that it’s a must for anyone looking for a PB or just looking for a great race.


Where To Stay

Planning on making a weekend of it? Here are some suitable places to stay in Edinburgh. A warm welcome awaits you at the Holiday Inn Edinburgh hotel, which is situated midway between the airport and the city centre. The Holiday Inn Edinburgh – City West hotel offers you an excellent base for exploring the famous city of Edinburgh. Located only 1.5 miles from the city centre and a mere 2 miles from the world famous Edinburgh Castle.


Running For Good

If you require something to make you run that extra mile, why not think about running the Edinburgh Marathon for charity? Their official charity this year is the Macmillan Cancer Support, dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by cancer. You could chose another charity, a charity that’s close to your heart. Fundraising can be a lot of fun and if you feel strongly about the cause, it will help you raise the money and it may help you finish the run.


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