STIRLING Council has announced that the Stirling Scottish Marathon will return to the city on October 11, 2020.

Cllr Chris Kane, convenor of Stirling Council’s Community Planning & Regeneration Committee, said:  “I’ve been looking forward to being able to say this for months, so it is with great pleasure that I can finally reveal the Stirling Scottish Marathon will be back next year.

“We’re delighted to be working with Classic Run Events to deliver on our long-term ambition to create a world class marathon event.

“This is great news for our local economy, for local tourism, for local charities and for our city. 

“My thanks to the team at Stirling Council for all the stellar work behind the scenes to make this happen.

“Now it’s time for runners from all over the country to plan their training schedules, choose a charity to fundraise for and get ready to run through some of the most spectacular surroundings of any race anywhere in the world.”

The decision to switch the Marathon from spring to autumn will give local and national runners more flexibility to prepare for the course in a packed events calendar, and should allow more people the opportunity to take part.

The 2020 event will take place on the same course as 2019, with slight refinements along the route with a half marathon also taking place on the same day.

The event is also scheduled to attract local families, with a Festival of Running being hosted at Kings Park on October 10, which will include a 5k run, Junior 3k run and a Family Mile.

In 2020 the marathon will also include a corporate relay whereby local businesses and charities can enter teams of four to run 10km each but still experience the atmosphere of a marathon.

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