Continuing a spring tradition in Scotland, the 2014 version of the Edinburgh Marathon will commence on Sunday, May 25.
The event has been run every year since 2003. An entire weekend of events known as the Edinburgh Marathon Festival offers a good measure of entertainment.
It also contributes to a variety of charities, per the event's official website. Primarily, the event is run in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support.
Last year's winners were Tola Lema of Ethiopia on the men's side, and Risper Kimaiyo of Kenya was the first female to finish.
Popular Scottish runner Hayley Haining plans to run in this year's event. She sees it as preparation for the Glasgow 2014 marathon at the Commonwealth Games. Per Run247.com, Haining said:
"The Edinburgh Half Marathon is an ideal race for my build up to the Glasgow 2014 Marathon. It has a fast international field and is an ideal opportunity to race on home soil before the Marathon in Glasgow."
This year's contest figures to be competitive. Check out this video that shows a brief look at what runners and onlookers can expect from Edinburgh.
Interested in following the action? Here's the time, route and course map for the event.
When: Sunday, May 25 at 4:50 a.m. ET/9:50 a.m. BST
Route: The track is regarded as "fast and flat," according to the official website. The race spans a measured distance of 26.2 miles beginning on Regents Road. It continues along a winding path up toward Gosford House and back to finish near Musselburgh.
Jim Richardson of RaceDay said this of the Edinburgh track:
The Edinburgh Marathon has a reputation for being one of the fastest marathons in the UK with a flat course which starts with a long downhill stretch. The route takes runners out of Edinburgh to the Portobello promenade and along the coast before a grandstand finnish at Musselburgh racecourse.
Because of the fast track, the charities and the beautiful scenery, the race is genuinely filled months before it begins, per Richardson.
True to Richardson's words, the official website is indicating that all slots are filled.
Click here to see a map of the route.
Rain could dampen things on Sunday. Weather.com reports that there is a 90 percent chance of rain in Edinburgh.
Temperatures are expected to be cool as well.
The high is listed at 56 with a low of 48. For runners, this could be fine. It should be much easier to journey through the 26.2 mile course without intense heat.
Spectators may not be out or as festive with the wet conditions, though. Nonetheless, the event should still be a charitable and competitive success.