- A new 80-mile ultramarathon around the perimeter of Loch Ness in Highland, Scotland, will take place on May 29 through 31, 2020.
- Along with the ultramarathon, the race weekend will feature other events including three consecutive marathons over three days as well as a mountain bike race around the lake.
Loch Ness has a new challenge, and it’s not trying to spot the illustrious Nessie—but you’ll have plenty of opportunities to search for the monster during this race.
Next May 29 through 31, brave ultrarunners will be given 24 hours to complete the 80-mile perimeter of the legendary freshwater lake in the Scottish Highlands. The ultramarathon route, which traverses 3,000 feet in elevation, is comprised of an off-road trail that is a mix of groomed pathways, rough tracks, and forest routes.
The 80-mile event, dubbed the LochNess360ﹾ Challenge, is not for the faint of heart. For runners who find the full distance a bit too extreme, there are two other race options available.
One is a three-day marathon challenge, in which runners will compete in three consecutive marathons—which begin and end in the lakefront towns of Dores, Drumnadrochit, and Fort Augustus—over the course of three days. If you prefer a lower-impact route around the water, there is also a race option of a one-day mountain bike ride around the perimeter.
The events are organized by , which promises runners “the most beautiful views of any running challenge in the world,” according to its website. On the race website, runners can glean advice on where to stay, what to eat, and what local sites to visit during the race weekend.
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The race is currently accepting registrations for all three races (ultramarathon, multi-day marathons, and mountain bike race).