Stunning sea views, fresh crisp clean air and the very best of Bournemouth and Poole will be on show as the south coast is home to a new international Marathon for the first time.


Entries are now open for the running festival which will see thousands of runners from all over the world take to the streets of the coastal resorts on October 5 and 6, 2013.


Bournemouth Pier, which is set in the centre of seven miles of golden sand, framed by the Isle of Wight and the Purbeck Hills, is just one of the route highlights in a series of races predicted to become a vital addition to the UK running calendar. The award winning Boscombe Pier will also feature in the new family friendly festival which, as well as a Marathon, will also include a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and two junior races.


Neil Kilgour, race director, said: “This is a natural environment fit for running as it should be.  With miles of glorious, unspoilt golden sands and clear blue sea, Bournemouth and Poole, provide a beautiful backdrop for the ultimate run in a pure and clean natural environment. We’re proud to launch a brand new Marathon Festival in such a stunning location. There’s so much more to the Bournemouth Marathon Festival. People can use the weekend as a goal for fitness, fundraising or as part of a fun weekend with the family. It’s not all about running though, people can participate by helping out as race crew or simply by cheering the runners around the route.  An event of this scale brings out community spirit and gives residents a sense of pride.”

Typically, if you want to enter a major run such as a Marathon, Half Marathon, or 10k you have to choose different venues and dates. The Bournemouth Marathon Festival brings all of these together in one unique Festival of Running. A 5K “Speed of Light race”, where runners will each be provided with a luminous LED wristband to light up the pier and promenade as they run at dusk, will provide an unforgettable race and some magical moments. Runners taking part in the “Supersonic” 10k run will be treated to music from bands along the route, showcasing local musical talent. Two junior races designed to fire childrens' enthusiasm for fitness will guarantee there’s something for all the family. But at the heart of this weekend will be the establishment of The Bournemouth Marathon - the pinnacle of endurance athletics.


The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is also a chance to make a difference to other people’s lives by raising money for charity. Macmillan Cancer Support is the Bournemouth Marathon



Festival official charity but there are hundreds of affiliated charities to choose to run for.


Entries are now open for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on October 5 and 6, 2013



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