Inaugural event in 2017 includes a half-marathon, 10km, family mile and business challenge
The Great Run Company has announced the launch of its newest event in Scotland, the Great Aberdeen Run, which will take place on Sunday August 27, 2017.
Together with their partners, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, VisitAberdeenshire and Aberdeen Inspired, The Great Run Company is aiming to replicate the success of its ever-increasing number of city centre events in the UK and Ireland.
The new Great Aberdeen Run joins the company’s growing portfolio of mass-participation events now found in more than 15 locations including the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow (pictured), the Great Edinburgh Run and its flagship event – the Great North Run in Newcastle – which is the world’s biggest half marathon with 57,000 entrants.
The Great Aberdeen Run was launched in the city’s Town House, in close proximity to Union Street, which will form part of the proposed course, along with the beachfront promenade, the bustling harbour, Pittodrie stadium, The University of Aberdeen and the historic Brig o Balgownie.
There are three distances on offer, including a half-marathon, 10km and the Family Mile, which is suitable for anyone aged three and up.
Organisers are also encouraging local companies to get involved in the Business Challenge.
Aberdeen City Council leader, councillor Jenny Laing, said: “The Great Aberdeen Run is a fantastic opportunity for the city and we look forward to welcoming runners on August 27.
“We are proud of our role as a global city and events of this stature help to reinforce that, as well as showcasing Aberdeen to a new audience, both in terms of the thousands of participants and those following the event worldwide.
“The Great Aberdeen Run has the potential to attract visitors from throughout Britain, Europe and the world – providing a significant economic boost to the area and reinforcing our ambitions as a tourist destination.
“For the people of Aberdeen there are many more advantages, not least the opportunity to take part in a major event on new and unique courses which will take in some of our most iconic landmarks.
“As a Council we value the role sport and physical activity plays in providing opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives – by investing in the Great Aberdeen Run we are underlining our wider commitment to raising the profile of sport in Aberdeen and increasing opportunities for participation throughout the city.”
Organisers are hoping that thousands of runners will take part in the first year.
Mark Hollinshead, group chief executive of The Great Run Company, said, “We’re thrilled to be bringing the Great Run experience to Aberdeen.
“It is a vibrant and dynamic city that will provide an impressive backdrop for this ambitious event.
“With over three decades of experience in organising some of the world’s best known races, we’re planning to use our knowledge to make this a must –do event on the Scottish running calendar.”
Entries will be open at greatrun.org/Aberdeen from November 4.