If you’re looking for a shorter distance or are new to running, the Inverness 5K could be the race for you. The 5K route is flat and scenic alongside the banks of the River Ness in the heart of the Highland capital of Inverness.
Whatever your running ability, fitness, age or experience if you enter the Inverness 5K, we guarantee you’ll cross the finish line with a smile on your face!
The 5K route starts on the riverside at Bught Park and follows the picturesque River Ness before crossing Ness Bridge in the centre of Inverness and turning right into Castle Road beneath Inverness Castle. The route continues south along Ness Bank and crosses the river again via the scenic Ness Islands to finish on the running track at Queens Park Stadium (Inverness Sports Centre).
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Highland Spring water at the finish line
RUN FOR YOUR SCHOOL OR CLUB
If you’re part of a school group, youth club or disability group, taking part in the Inverness 5K presents the perfect opportunity to have fun, raise awareness AND fundraise all at the same time!
Discounted entry fees are available for teams from schools, youth clubs and disability groups. Get in touch for further information about entering a team.
Changes to your entry, for example club name or your address, can be made by logging into your account by 20 February. This link is also included on your confirmation email. After this date, please email us as firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to make any changes.
The Inverness 5K starts at 12.40 prompt on Sunday 10 March on Bught Road about 500 metres from the Sports Centre and parallel to the River Ness. All 5K runners will be asked to congregate in the 5K start holding area no later than 12.20.
Limited parking will be available at Inverness Sports Centre and Highland Council car parks (please note that parking charges may apply). However, it is anticipated that traffic flow will be slow on the morning of the event. We encourage you to park a distance away and walk to the Sports Centre.
Please do not park at the Ice Rink as this is private property and do not leave your car on the streets surrounding the Sports Centre/start area along the river as these form part of the race route. Illegally parked cars may be removed. Parking stewards will be on hand to give directions and information.
Please allow plenty of time to get parked and walk to Registration.
Yes, buggies are allowed on the 5K course, and you will be required to complete separate entries for yourself and your child. This is for safety reasons so that we have a record of everyone who is out on the course, and to allow us to provide medals and giveaways for everyone that takes part.
All schools, youth clubs and disability groups are eligible to enter teams into the Inverness 5K and receive reduced entry fees. If you wish to enter a team, please email email@example.com for further information.
In accordance with Scottish Athletics rules and for health and safety reasons you cannot participate in any of our races whilst listening to any personal music that will restrict your ability to hear the sounds around you on the day.
We do allow the use of earphones that use bone conduction technology, which allow the wearer to listen to music while still being aware of their surroundings.
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