“Classic” route to start and finish in Glasgow Green
Athletes will run against a backdrop which includes the Merchant City, George Square, Buchanan Street and the Clyde Arc on July 27 when contesting the Commonwealth Games marathon.
Starting and finishing in Glasgow Green, Games organisers have revealed a route which they say will give spectators a “superb chance” of seeing the race.
With tickets to watch athletics action at Hampden Park sold out, fans may now look to head for the streets of the Scottish city to watch runners tackle the 26.2 mile course, with the marathon one of three free events taking place as part of the Games.
“I experienced the roar of a home crowd first-hand at the London Marathon when I set the qualifying standard for the Commonwealth Games and I have no doubt the support in Glasgow will make a huge difference to me,” commented Scottish marathoner Derek Hawkins.
“It’s fantastic for me to know the route to map it out fully in my head and start to think about when to push hard.”
Although the route will not take athletes inside Scotland’s National Stadium as a part of the race, the marathon medal ceremonies will take place in the venue, with tickets to watch the athletics at the stadium having been the most in demand of all the sports taking place this summer.
A total of 766,510 ticket requests were made to watch track and field at Hampden Park from July 27 to August 2, with the session including the men’s 100m final on July 28 the most sought after.
Designed in conjunction with Scottish Athletics, the marathon course has received endorsement from the IAAF and will receive final certification closer to Games time.
“The route for the marathon is a classic,” commented Nigel Holl, chief executive of Scottish Athletics. “A tremendous combination that picks up and reflects so much of the wonderful contrasts Glasgow has to offer – stunning architecture in the city centre, vibrant riverside developments, and the quite beautiful parks that Glasgow is rightly proud about.
“Two laps and two races at the same time mean it’ll be a busy course – wonderful for spectators at all points on the route. I can’t wait.”
» A larger PDF version of the route map can be found here