By Carolina Morais
Organisers of the Edinburgh Marathon today launched a series of free workshops ahead of the event which is expected to attract thousands of people next May.
People in Edinburgh showed up at the Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Center for tips on training plans, nutrition, goal setting, physiotherapy and a guided run along the canal.
Annette Drummond, one of the organisers, said she is “proud” of all the work that has been done by her team.
“We have been around for 13 years now and the event has expanded and grown so much,” she said.
“It started off as just a marathon and now it is a marathon festival over two days, bringing 30,000 people together to raise millions for charity and boost the local economy, all whilst keeping fit and helping people achieve their dreams.”
The Edinburgh Marathon 2015, scheduled for the 30 and 31 May, will be raising funds for Diabetes Scotland and has already received a £2,376 donation from a team of investment managers from the Business Growth Fund.
The race was the first in Scotland to be recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).
Ms Drummond said its popularity has been boosted not only for being “an IAAF rated event” but also “by the fact that Edinburgh is a beautiful city that people like to visit”.
“This is an international event”, the organiser said. “70 per cent of the marathon runners come from outwith Scotland.”
Free workshops in preparation for the main marathon will also be held in Glasgow on 30 October.